Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. 1 Timothy 6:1-2
So many people have used verses such as today’s to justify slavery. What they miss is that Paul was writing to people at a time when slavery was wide spread. As far as I can see there is nothing in the New Testament that condones slavery it just addresses a condition that existed at the time.
What we do see in the Bible is a change in how slaves and masters were to treat each other. Believers whether free or slaves were to see each other as brothers in Christ. Slaves who were Christian were to act as Christ’s representatives in dealing with their owners and Christian owners were to treat their slaves a brothers in Christ. Now this doesn’t seem like a huge change and in fact it wasn’t. Yet this small change in how slaves and owners treated each other would eventually lead to the abolition of slavery in the Western world.
It did not happen overnight and in fact it took a civil war in the USA to finally end slavery in the West but it did happen. When we look at who was at the vanguard of the movement to end slavery we find Christians. It became more and more difficult to treat another person as property when you saw Christ in them and you were commanded to treat them as your brothers and sisters.
I am always amazed when atheists like Richard Dawkins say that nothing good ever came out of Christianity. If Christianity gave nothing else to the world then the abolition of slavery that would have been enough. But it gave and continues to give so much more.
Have a blessed day,