I believe that we should go back to enslaving people who are nothing like us. I believe that my race is the only one who truly deserves to be called human. It just makes sense that everyone else should be forced to work for us against their will.
Well that was certainly not true. I am just as against human slavery as anybody else in this world is. Human slavery is disgusting, and, believe it or not, it still happens all over the world every single day. But that’s a topic for a different time.
What I want to talk about today is why slavery can be a good thing.
Now I’m not talking about one human enslaving another human being. I’m talking about slavery to God.
I know what you’re thinking. God doesn’t want us to be slaves! That’s why He gives us free will, right? While that’s very true and He does give us free will, slavery is also a very biblical subject.
“16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:16-23
So let’s break this down a little further. Paul tells us in verse 16 that we become slaves to whatever it is that we obey. When we were previously sinners, we obeyed what our sinful nature told us to do. We were enslaved to our sin. We couldn’t have stopped sinning even if we had wanted to. It was our very nature. Now, however, those of us who have received salvation have been set free from our slavery to our desires.
So that’s it! We’re free! No more slavery, right?
We haven’t been set free just to live however we want. We aren’t set free to our own will. We simply become slaves to a different master. We are no longer forced to sin. We are however, required to live according to what our new master, Jesus Christ, requires. Verse 22 says that now we do things that lead to holiness and eternal life.
Does this mean that we never sin? Of course not. We are still human, and we are still imperfect. The difference is that we don’t have to sin. We have the option to do what is right. We may not always choose to, but we have the ability to.
I think it is important to point out that we do not do enough good things to get into heaven on our own. We still have a past. Verse 21 says that we are ashamed of the things we used to do that would ultimately end in our eternity in hell. These things are still enough to send us to hell. It is only by the grace of God that we are able to be forgiven of these shameful things that we previously lived in. God gave us forgiveness that we did not deserve. I don’t know about you, but I think that God is a much better master than sin ever was.
God forgives us and loves us unconditionally, and all He asks in return is that we become His slaves and do His works. When you put it that way, slavery sounds like a pretty good thing.
I’m a slave. Are you?