Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; 6 not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7 Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, 8 knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.
9 And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.
Paul writes in a very matter-of-fact manner related to slaves and masters. He doesn’t argue or suggest any sort of protest or systematic fight against the fundamental institution of slavery in the way I would expect today. But Paul was a man of his time. This also explains Paul’s commentary related to the roles of husbands and wives we read in the previous chapter. While many forms of injustice are alive and well in the 21st century, we have made progress on many fronts – for which I am grateful.
(Full disclosure: I have three children in college, two undergrad and one preparing for grad school)
That said, one trend that concerns me greatly is the tendency these days to sensor thought and/or speech. This is particularly true on college campuses where persons with views deemed offensive are too often effectively shut down. They are LITERALLY not allowed to share their views in some pubic forums. And let me be more specific. The persons doing the censoring on college campuses are often those who self-identify as “progressives” – who allegedly place a high value on diversity. Apparently one form of diversity is not welcome – diversity of thought. It’s a shame. It’s unconscionable.
We can do better.
Dear Lord, give us grace to root out injustice wherever we see it. Amen.