On my radio show or in my opinion column, a few people always want to bring up the old argument of the Bible promoting slavery to refute my argument using Bible verses against homosexual relationships.
The Bible pushed freedom from slavery and providing methods towards survival. Nothing similar for same-sex relationships. Remember Moses? God did lead Moses and his people from slavery, but God had no movement leading people going into same-sex marriage.
Paul, like Moses, Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglas, Evers and others, spoke out against slavery. Jesus at the well in Cycar would disregard the law that prohibited Jews and Samaritans integrating by forgiving the woman of her sins. This Samaritan woman would bring her entire village back to Christ for forgiveness of their sins.
We see no similar acts with respect to same-sex relationships in the Bible, where homosexuals came to Christ for same-sex blessings. I have provided scripture that prohibits same-sex relationships. Let’s look at scripture that some argue promoted slavery.
Ephesians 6:5-8: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”
This is similar to King’s message of nonviolence. Can you imagine how history would have recorded slaves or members of the Civil Rights Movement killing the White slave masters’ children, cutting their throats, raping the masters’ children and women once fighting and killing his guards all in mass numbers? We in some ways would have looked as evil as the slave maters.
Here, the verse offers a way out that would leave the Black culture heaven-like instead of looking like devils. This is why: Blacks are the strongest race of people in the word of God today, because we acted as God demanded, while Moses, King, Johns, Evers and others led us out of bondage. God did reward us as evidence that we are no longer enslaved, yet we have no evil historic mark on our race as described herein.
Colossians 3:22-4:1. Read it. Every scripture that mentions slavery offers a way out of slavery. During that way out, Blacks were already doing what Christ did at the cross both before and after his crucifixion: “Forgive them for they know not what they are doing.”
Christ was a slave in prison. Christ was lynched. However, in the end we see today the power of Christ all over the world. We see the power of Martin Luther King and his nonviolent approach. In Colossians 3, Paul is teaching us about how our union with Christ would be the icon of Blacks relationship with God thousands of years later. We see the same kinds of teachings from King during the civil rights era.
We have survived slavery as God desired, not men. History cannot record the evilness of the Black race during slavery with mass killings of the White slave owner, his women and children as they did to our families. Following the word of God, until his way out of this madness, has left the Black race strong without the evilness attached to the slave masters’ race because we did not respond like devils but as God demanded until freedom.
Titus 2:9-10. Read it. We see Paul’s siding with slaves. We can find no such verse when it comes to Paul siding with same-sex couples. Take my word for it because I am 99.9 percent right all the time. Paul encouraged slaves to move towards freedom. The Bible tells the homosexual to move towards freedom from this unacceptable practice. Like slavery, God offered a direction and a way out. God also offers a way out of homosexuality.
Jews and Christians often spoke against slavery during Biblical days and for equality during the civil rights era. The Essenes, according to study, forbade members from owning slaves within their culture.
Come on, we all know that Blacks sold themselves into slavery while some churches collected money to buy slaves’ freedom. Are there Churches collecting money for same-sex marriage? Help me here, yawl. Show me a few allowing me to comment.
Listen. Do not let anyone compare same-sex relationships to the Bible and/or the Civil Rights Movement. Anyone that does is simply attempting to tie this issue to the glorious pain, love for God, and freedom with dignity of Black people. This is not favorable with our history or our suffering.
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