Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Bible, Slavery and the Sovereignty of God
Today I read President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and was totally fascinated. Of particular interest was his third paragraph in which Honest Abe asked some of the same questions I have often pondered. Namely: 1. How can a follower of Christ justify the bondage of another human..or can he? 2. Why would God potentially allow such carnage (over 600,000 dead in 4 years) between men who for the most part claim to follow the same God?
The easy answer and the one Abe seems to take is that the war is God's judgment against both the North and South for the injustice of slavery. I dont know why God did not clearly say "thou shall not" in regards to holding another man in bondage. Jesus says all who sin are slaves. I know he is referring to a different type of bondage than the one fought over on battlefields, but in a round about way this may shed light on a dark chapter of American History. What do you think?