Although slavery officially ended in America after the Civil War, it’s still existing in the USA. True, there is sex slavery, human trafficking, and other things that are alive and well, but when you go to the Bible and the historical accounts you get a different picture of slavery and you’ll see what I mean.
First, slavery in the Bible did not bear the negative connotations it does today. If you do even a short study on slavery you see that Paul tells us that we are to be bond slaves to Christ. You see that Sarah was exalted for calling Abraham Lord. You see that Paul sent Onesemus back to Philemon to be a good slave, and tells slaves to obey their masters.
Slavery may have changed the way it is manifesting itself, but it is here. Take, for instance, the indentured slave. In the early founding of America, you could come here without any money with the provision that you were a slave to the person that brought you for an amount of time. This would be parallel to the Biblical account of a person that went into debt having to work as a slave to the person he was indebted to (albeit he should be released at the Sabbath or jubilee years).
We have the same thing today– it’s called a credit card. You’re a slave to the creditor– to your plastic. You’re working a part of your day (small or large) to pay back your credit card company. Don’t think you’re a slave? Try not making a payment. How do you like phone calls, the collection agency, or prison?
How about the whole employment aspect of slavery? Now it is true that we are able to move from job to job– but we have certain hours that we have to be working. We have an amount of time we have to put in, and we need to be doing what the employer wants us to do (most of us) rather than what we would like to do. Now, hopefully we find something that we like to do for a job, but that’s not always the case.
The same about slavery. If people were better at something, you can be sure that they were the slave that did it. If they were stronger, they did the things that required physical effort. They just were not as mobile.
You see, Biblical slavery didn’t disappear– abuse did, but that was always wrong.