Thought on the Definition of Slavery and Its Existence Today

Many people who condemn Biblical slavery–and who also condemn Jesus Christ for not speaking against slavery–do not like the idea that they themselves, as citizens and voters in a democratic state, are actually the slave-masters of the soldiers and emergency personnel whom they tacitly require to obey orders (even unto death) of the democratically-elected governments that control them, and yet when we understand that a slave, as commonly defined, simply means, at its core, that a person can be treated like property and that the person must obey the commands of another person (his master) on pain of punishment, we soon come to realize that at there is little but semantics and a dislike for the term ‘slave’ that prevents us “enlightened” moderns from calling our volunteer soldiers ‘slaves’, for the fact is that soldiers living in a democratically-elected state, once they volunteer for service (just like indentured servants do), essentially become the property of the citizens of that elected the government and these soldiers must obey the government even if doing so leads to their death or harm, and so, what this all means is that modern soldiers could indeed be considered slaves in a very real sense, and we, the citizens of democracies, could also be considered slave-masters in a very sense; and once again, the point of this comparison is to simply make us think on the fact that the Biblical injunctions supporting and controlling slavery may not only be much more reasonable than previously thought, but they may have been necessary given the circumstances surrounding Biblical times, just as it is necessary for our democratic societies today, if we are to survive in these troubled times, to employ the soldier-slaves that we do indeed employ.


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