Slavery is a tremendous sin in Amercian history because the United States of America was founded upon God’s principles to which slavery is an antithesis. The culture of America in 1619 was influenced greatly by the Puritan settlers who worshiped Jesus. This community was mostly made of poor Europeans who left their father-nations for economic and religious freedom to be found on New England soil when the slave trade began. Unfortunately, many modern discussions seek to keep God away from the topic of slavery so that it can be viewed merely as an economic part of American history.
God is an integral part of American society. The logic of the United States legal system and balance of powers in Government all hinge on the inalienable rights and freedoms of God. Slavery is visited for the first time in the lineage of God’s servants in Genesis 37. Jacob, had lost his son Joseph twice to slavery. The first instance in Gen. 37:28 is when Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites by his own blood-brothers. Joseph was again sold in Gen. 37:36 to Potiphar the captain of the guard of the Egyptian Pharaoh.
Economically, Joseph was part of the opportunity cost of wealth and even peaceful trading that his brothers and the Midianites sought to gain. American history repeated this dreadful sin even after understanding its wrong from the Old and New Testament. Selling an innocent man to be a slave for an exchange of money is morally wrong and will always end up in suffering.
“Jacob refused to be comforted and said he would mourn until he joined his son in the grave.” Genesis 37:35
Genesis 37 shows that Jacob did not get over Joseph but mourned his lost son, whom he thought to be dead, until he too would join him in death. The Ishmaelites lost an opportunity to reconnect with Isaac’s line through Jacob when they failed to return Joseph to his father. America suffered a bloody civil war and the persecution of the men and women and children in the Civil Rights movement. Evil never leads to true satisfaction.
Slavery, however is indemnified in Jesus. In Jesus alone, Israel could now understand and overcome the grave sin of slavery beginning with the history of Joseph because Jesus fully gave himself in a confirmed surrender to God. This recognized confirmation took place in the baptism that John the Baptist performed on Jesus as is written in Matthew 3:15-17.
“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10
Economically, the opportunity cost of Jesus’s indemnity of slavery in accepting the responsibility of his faith to be a pure resource to the establishment of God’s grace is so great as to be beyond measure. Thus in not accepting Jesus and rejecting the freedom of God men and women will produce evil results in their pursuits.
God had used Jesus to take the cost of humanity’s sin because Jesus, as God’s representative, opened the way for His eternal true love, true life, and true lineage to be available eternally in this human world. It is only God who provides true freedom, not men of one race or nation or time, and He can be directly accessed through Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Written by Somiya Chapman Gabb
May 8, 2019
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