We know that the Bible is a powerful book that works. The Gospel speaks about love. To me, love is the answer to every predicament. Is it possible that because of the billions of people who connect to the Gospel, we can use the Bible as a powerful tool for racial reconciliation? There is no doubt that someone can use particular scriptures to justify their sinister intent. One can use it to attack gays or to subjugate women or even to defend racism. Although, in our attempt to be correct, we must understand how to read the Bible. What did Yahshua do? What is the message of the Gospel? When we learn how to read the Bible correctly, we will understand the word. The Gospel unites its followers by lifting the burden of sin and condemnation.
When we speak of reconciliation from a biblical context, we are referring to restitution.
In the Gospel, Yashua neutralized the older scriptures that one would use to inflict misfortune on others. That is why it is one of the most potent engines when we seek a settlement. Remember, reconciliation goes hand in hand with forgiveness. We also have to be careful what we wish for. Let me recalibrate our thoughts on the import of race reconciliation. When we speak of reconciliation from a biblical context, we are referring to restitution. Why do we require reparation? Why do we necessitate a reconciliation? Is it not because of slavery and its subsequent discrimination and racism? True reconciliation is a genial agreement. It is the same as reparation or restitution. If we agree to that, then we will come to our next subcontext.
What is the reason why some people exclude the Bible as a mechanism to grasp reconciliation, restitution, settlement, or reparation? The answer is because they have read scripture that instructs slaves to obey their master or the master to punish their slaves. Wherefore, if the Bible endorses any kind of slavery in a positive context, then why use it as a tool against racism or discrimination? As a revolutionary-minded black man, I feel where everyone comes from on the subject of slavery in the Bible. Yet, we also have to speak from an informed position rather than from an emotional reaction. What is a place of emotion in this regard? It is a place where we, as black people, feel betrayed by scripture that we believe supports The Trans Atlantic Slavery.
Remember that the Jewish prophets who wrote the Bible addressed the Jewish people with the specific instructions that came from their God, Yahweh. When it comes to slavery, throughout the Old Testament, Israel had experienced subjugation.
What is an informed position in this context? It’s about recognizing the meaning of all the evidence we use to justify how we feel. When it comes to the Bible, we need to surmise that it is divided into two main sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. Besides that, each testament is also divided into numerous sections. Each chapter covers a particular time. Remember that the Jewish prophets who wrote the Bible addressed the Jewish people with the specific instructions that came from their God, Yahweh. When it comes to slavery, throughout the Old Testament, Israel had experienced subjugation. Slavery was legal. The two primary examples from the Bible are the Israelite slavery in Egypt and their captivity in Babylon.
The Old Testament is littered with writings on freedom from bondage and captivity. That is a clear indication that the Bible does not support slavery in any direct circumstance. It merely records the existence of the practice. For all of my skeptics, or but, but, but, sayers, we know that the scripture speaks directly to its followers, not it’s naysayers. That means it addresses the participants of the teaching, the people of God. What if a Christian or a Jew found themselves a slave? What should you do if you followed God, kept His commandments while living as a slave? What is God’s instruction concerning your earthly master? Well, in the New Testament, we have many new converts to the growing Christian movement who have faced such a situation.
Depending on the denomination, we can communicate based on their opinion of the scripture.
A child can come from a gentile family and convert to Christianity. Or, a woman whose husband is an ice-cold, non-apologetic polygamist or a slave who has turned to the Gospel, what do they do? We cannot confuse the context of the Bible. In some scripture, the Bible tells the child or parent, husband or wife, slave, or master what to do. Yes, someone who was born in a heathenish family that owned slaves could inherit slaves in a system where slavery was legal. They could also convert to the Gospel. Obedience and situation. Don’t take up arms and get killed if you try to stage an uprising. Your focus is on your relationship with your God and not your situation. The biblical context is that of preparation for the afterlife.
Now, a slave master could use such a passage to his advantage. There are many ways to look at it. I do not justify slavery in any form or fashion, and I do not support a circumstance where the Bible condones it even if indirect. My intention is to make sure we understand the Gospel so that we don’t make a fool of ourselves if we decide to use it as a tool. Depending on the denomination, we can communicate based on their opinion of the scripture. We can use the Gospel as a neutral ground. One where God remits sin, and we make reconciliation, restitution, a settlement, or reparations. In my humble opinion, the scriptures strongly advise us to use our spirit of discernment. A white supremacist could deliberately misconstrue the scripture.*