Tuesday, June 23, 2015

As America Struggles With Race Relations and it's Unflattering Past...

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Well, there ya have it. According to ex Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee we do not need a discussion about race and healing the scars that human bondage and racism created in this nation; a nation founded on the principle that all men possessed the unalienable right(s) of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Rights which presumably flowed from their creator, God.

Let us take a look for a moment at exactly where the southern Christians stood on human bondage {slavery].

Why Christians Should Support Slavery
Key reasons advanced by southern church leaders

Many southern Christians felt that slavery, in one Baptist minister’s words, “stands as an institution of God.” Here’s why.

Biblical Reasons

• Abraham, the “father of faith,” and all the patriarchs held slaves without God’s disapproval (Gen. 21:9–10).

• Canaan, Ham’s son, was made a slave to his brothers (Gen. 9:24–27).

• The Ten Commandments mention slavery twice, showing God’s implicit acceptance of it (Ex. 20:10, 17).

• Slavery was widespread throughout the Roman world, and yet Jesus never spoke against it.

• The apostle Paul specifically commanded slaves to obey their masters (Eph. 6:5–8).

• Paul returned a runaway slave, Philemon, to his master (Philem. 12).

Charitable and Evangelistic Reasons

• Slavery removes people from a culture that “worshipped the devil, practiced witchcraft, and sorcery” and other evils.

• Slavery brings heathens to a Christian land where they can hear the gospel. Christian masters provide religious instruction for their slaves.

• Under slavery, people are treated with kindness, as many northern visitors can attest.

• It is in slaveholders’ own interest to treat their slaves well.

• Slaves are treated more benevolently than are workers in oppressive northern factories.

Social Reasons

• Just as women are called to play a subordinate role (Eph. 5:22; 1 Tim. 2:11–15), so slaves are stationed by God in their place.

• Slavery is God’s means of protecting and providing for an inferior race (suffering the “curse of Ham” in Gen. 9:25 or even the punishment of Cain in Gen. 4:12).

• Abolition would lead to slave uprisings, bloodshed, and anarchy. Consider the mob’s “rule of terror” during the French Revolution.

Political Reasons

• Christians are to obey civil authorities, and those authorities permit and protect slavery.

• The church should concentrate on spiritual matters, not political ones.

• Those who support abolition are, in James H. Thornwell’s words, “atheists, socialists, communists [and] red republicans.”

Well Governor Mike, given the sordidly racist history of the Christian Religion here in the good old USA I think perhaps that there national discussion just might be more in order than talking about conversions to the very religious ideology that supported human bondage and racism. Maybe it's jut me?

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Via: Memeorandum

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like the "Christian Religion" needs a discussion.

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    1. Well, that is true. But, mysticism gets in the eyes.

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  2. We need to live in the present not the past, of course that is difficult to do for many. You reference issues from the 1860's as being relevant today.
    The same relevancy could be said for the democrat inspired Jim Crow act and the KKK. W. Wilson was a racist democrat president but that seems to not matter today because it is in the past.

    The confederate flag is controversial and stands for different things to different people. Because it offends people from what it represented in the past it should be taken down. There are sectors of this country and nationality that believe the New Hampshire flag should be taken down because it represents war against BG.
    It is impossible for anything done, said or displayed not to insult someone.

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    1. To fail to understand the past dooms one to repeat it.

      Guess you're doomed skudrunner.

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  3. Understanding and living in the past are very different. I would rather look at the future because that is where we will be not where we were. The past for some is very convenient because hindsight is 20/20, living for the future takes risk.

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    1. Your play on words is a HUGE fail skudrunner.

      You learn from past mistakes so as not to repeat them in the future. At least that is what intelligent folks do.

      I agree. the past for some is a convenient and comfortable known. That is where you apparently have planted yourself skudrunner.

      Time for you to take some risks.

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