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As for me, of course I was raised to be aghast at the idea of slavery. I don't need a Michael Brown to give me some slick way to undermine the righteous argument of anyone who claims that slavery was held in institutional acceptance by a huge body of the "Christian Community" at many unenlightened times. There's nothing wrong with admitting we were outside the moral fold, at one time, especially now that we are faced with fighting "human trafficking" in our own time. There's way too much at stake (pun on heretic/witch burnings, intended -- of which we have also repented) to try to weasel out of these things.
Should this Dan Savage understand scripture as we do? Scripture tells us we understand scripture by way of the Holy Spirit, and that to worldly men it is just so much foolishness. If someone held me in slavery and beat me at his whim, saying it was righteous because the Bible said it was so, I'd probably concur with a gay man, who was beaten-up under claim of a similar privilege, in calling it "B.S." Of course I'd be wrong because my argument is with the humans who interpreted it in such a way, and not the document that was so misinterpreted.
Do we expect an unsaved person to live free in the Truth BEFORE the Truth has set him or her Free? How unLoved has this man felt at the hands and feet of those who punched and kicked him in the name of God? And not just him, but all who have suffered beatings and epithets and discrimination and isolation -- which are NOT our privilege to administer in our Great Commission. The question is, for me anyway, How can we GIVE them ENOUGH LOVE to help them overcome their reasonable fear -- Not of God, but of US?
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