Thought on the Similarity Between Biblical Slavery and Democratic Slavery

In a previous ‘Thought’, and as part of showing that modern outrage against Old Testament slavery and the New Testament’s allegedly lack of condemnation of slavery was rather selective and hypocritical given the fact that secularist citizens in modern democracies (meaning: You and Me) are themselves essentially slave-holders of a nature very similar to Biblical ones, it was the case that some individuals objected to this comparison, and yet the fact is that the comparison is entirely apt in many critical respects which we can enumerate, for consider the following:  1) Biblical slavery was often actually indentured servitude where a person would, for a set period, volunteer to exchange his physical services to a master for certain goods (money, food, lodgings, etc.) and in modern democratic slavery soldiers and emergency personnel (police, firemen, etc.) volunteer, for a set period, to exchange their physical services to their masters (ultimately the citizens) for certain goods as well, and 2) Biblical slaves / indentured servants had to obey their masters in most things during the time period that they had volunteered for service and in modern democratic slavery the same is true for soldiers and emergency personnel for they too must obey nearly all the orders that they are given by their chain of command regardless of the possible harm to their lives or health that those orders might lead to, and 3) Biblical slaves / indentured servants could be physically punished and disciplined by their masters for disobedience and in modern democratic slavery the same is true for soldiers and emergency personnel who can to put through physical punishments, fined, and/or imprisoned for insubordination and disobedience, and 4) in Biblical times, during certain periods, people were sometimes forced to be slaves and yet in modern democracies we have had, during certain periods, mandatory conscription, where citizens essentially become soldier-slaves forcibly taken from their homes and forced to be obedient to their democratic masters even if doing so might lead to their harm or death, and 5) in Biblical times, foreigners were sometimes captured in war and taken as slaves and yet modern democracies have also captured enemy combatants and put them to work as POWs (essentially, slaves for the opposing state) and have occupied territory and put the local populace to mandatory work during periods of war as well (essentially, indentured servitude), and so the parallels between Biblical slavery and the slavery that we currently engage in (although we do not call it that because doing so seems unpleasant) are strong; so the point of all this is not to claim that this analogical comparison between Biblical slavery and modern democratic slavery is perfect, but rather to show that there are many strong parallels between the two, and since we neither condemn nor furiously denounce what modern democracies do (in fact, we often consider them to be “enlightened”) then perhaps we should extend the same understanding and reflectiveness to Biblical times and realize that if even modern democratic states engage in a type of slavery that mirrors Biblical slavery, then perhaps Biblical slavery is not necessarily as bad, or as unnecessary, or as immoral as we once supposed it to be, and perhaps people in Biblical times had good reasons for doing what they did, just as modern democratic slave states have good reasons for doing the same thing as well.

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