Saturday, January 25, 2014
Slavery & the Bible - Nothing is New
In the United States, involuntary servitude has been prohibited via the 13th amendment to the Constitution. Voluntary servitude, however, has not. It remains completely legal. This legal condition is also pursuant to the Constitution of the United States, since it has not been specifically prohibited.
I am not aware of any example whereby someone has legally sold themselves into a state of total and complete slavery. It is difficult to imagine anyone selling themselves into such a condition.
Is it possible, then, to have a partial state of slavery?
To provide an answer, let's consult the Bible as our authority.
Solomon said in Proverbs 22:7 that the borrower is the slave of the lender.
How many in the United States can attest to being in personal debt? So, according to the Bible, one is a slave to the extent that they owe someone else.
Virtually all citizens of United States are in debt to one degree or another. This makes us the largest slave nation in the world.