1 Peter 2:18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. 19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
You would think a section of Peter’s work discussing the behavior of slaves would take a moment to speak out against the very institution of slavery… but it doesn’t. This passage doesn’t speak for or against human slavery, only how Christian slaves should conduct themselves. The apostle Paul does the same in some of his works.
I’ll admit that’s surprising to me. Though Israel was repeatedly in hot water because of their unjust treatment of people on the margins of society (widow, orphan, alien), there was little in the way of protest of oppressive social constructs like slavery. What gives? It’s definitely one of the many questions I hope to pose to Peter and Paul and others in the kingdom to come.
Lord I am grateful that human slavery is no longer an acceptable part of our society. Help me to see through your eyes that I might be part of greater freedom and liberty in our world. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.