[The following is mostly from another one of my AOL Hometown Pages that was taken down when they replaced Hometown with Bebo. I have added a bit to it here at the end.]
I don’t buy what society says about Slavery. Hollywood and the media has seriously skewed what slavery was all about.
I know it is unjust for us to enslave one another, but with G-d things are not always what we judge them to be. Let us remember, it was practiced among whites with whites and blacks with blacks long before it was black and white issue. And a lot of slaves became slaves out of love for their lord and master, and to escape otherwise (hell).
Col3:22-25 Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Even Jesus sanctioned servanthood, and explained how it was supposed to work by becoming the ultimate "Servant."
Mar 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, [the same] shall be last of all, and servant of all.
Slavery MAY have been a completely just practice in that it brought sinners out of "Hell" into the Light to serve a just G-d under an veridical and undistorted master to win Freedom. It was only unjust when practiced by "wicked" masters who did not serve G-d but their own ends, we call them "Rebels" for the most part because they had no allegiance to their Brethren, but the entirety of the white race cannot be condemned as such. MANY black people would go through their slavery again rather than return to their existence in the "bottomless pit." Many were treated as well as a fellow white man and befriended and became as much a part of the master’s family as any other member of said family. This was a HUGE service done the black race by the white race during that period of reality considering how different the times and ways and means. Indeed, to these good masters, they were servants and friends not "slaves," but fellowmen striving together to accomplish a goal for the common good. The emancipation proclamation was justified when freeing slaves from the hands of wicked masters and I believe the good masters were willing to give up their slaves to have such a freedom granted to all mankind. Otherwise it may have done more harm than good. No servant was meant to be deprived their rights or needs during their service. And both master and servant were under G-d and serving Him together.
What the Abolitionists may have done in freeing slaves without Divine Authority, was something they’d been doing to their own brethren for Ages. Simply free them so as to exploit them under their rule instead of G-d’s, within the confines of a society that they had no fair shot at competing in in the first place. Thereby, they would be slaves to a host of masters at once and imagine themselves "freemen." But they had gone from damned to damned and the plan of redemption set up by G-d was forgotten and mocked and called unjust.
Emancipation without Representation leads to Segregation and Isolation at the will of an Abomination. Very hard to deal with; creates chaos. Very difficult to legislate or govern, and quickly becomes mob-rule.
When slaveholders own households, families and lives fell apart and became unmanageable due to sin and they became unworthy masters, G-d took Authority away from them, and they knew it. Slavery as a Just Institution and Redemptive Building Force lost its Legitimacy, men scrambled for a way without G-d to continue to build what they had started in all sorts of different directions(Luke 14:28-29), and the Abolition Movement was birthed and not only found men willing to "free" slaves but anxious and eager to confirm and seal a deal with the Devil.
The ghetto exists because of this inequity among men, and not because the black race is inferior. It exists and is governed for, of and by the black man and is founded upon the handouts of a white race who became superior in the black man’s eyes when they "freed" this people. That is the crime and offense done the blacks in this country, not slavery but unwarranted and unjust freedom from an oppression that never was and if so was never intended by those good masters who treated the black man fairly and equally but never as one of his own unless he was found in the L-rd. So that we come to see that their freedom was more of an agreement to oppress and mislead their own kind and resulted in more racism than would have ever existed among slaves and masters…Chaos ensued and the Beast used this chaos to further its kingdom and retard His Kingdom on earth.
The emancipation proclamation and the mindset that would later fuel the civil rights movement was lip service and false. It assumed that slavery meant that one class of people was being mistreated by another and was therefore inferior or less important, which is not so in G-d’s eyes.
Thus the emancipation proclamation "freed" men to make them slaves to a far more insidious and reptilian master; the Beast or Government of men who were pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes.
We are free because we choose G-d and not because any other man or power in the universe says so or grants us "freedom."
Nowadays, the slavery issue is used as an impetus for making slaves brought to this country seem grossly victimized, when this is simply not true. Black men and women who acted victimized and oppressed to gain status and notoriety within the Beast were never slaves, they were lazy opportunists at best, criminal minded killers at worst. It is the white man who suffered and was betrayed by their own brethren and nation because of freeing of "slaves."
Indeed, some were grossly victimized, but lest we lose sight of where they were taken from and the standard of living there compared to where they were taken to and what they now enjoy today, the oppression they were delivered from and the service for which they were more called than forced to live with- this was by no means widespread corruption and/or injustice. Hollywood has done a terrific job obscuring and dramatizing the facts as well as the media of that time and the present and history books whose facts change with the breezes of time.
Ultimately, all forms of servitude are unjust beyond willing service to G-d and your fellows.
And serving G-d can be the easiest most pleasurable experience you will ever know. It reaps the greatest rewards.
Indeed G-d’s Word condemns unjust servitude.
Isa 58:6 [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
The "freedom" this country offered "slaves" only ensured that their burdens would become heavier than ever in the future.
As Jesus confirmed:
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, L-rd of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him]. Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
Not repenting and obeying the Commandments, makes sinners’ prisoners of Grace rather than set free because of the same in obedience.
More over, what the slaves have done to repay their master’s for helping them win their freedom is unpardonable. Using the whole issue; dramatizing it to influence a generation of children contrary to G-d’s righteousness and claiming His Way to be unjust. And this is so not only for blacks but Jews, gentiles and people’s of every generation and nation. They have sought to unburden themselves of a Just Judgment against sinners and then exalt themselves and a way of survival that is completely contradictory to G-d’s Way of Life. Thus they might ensnare the righteous deceptively and turn the tables, making the sinner lord over the righteous in a mutually shared state of fallen society, where none can be found in Christ. These were Satan’s imps (spots) mixed in among G-d’s Righteous who suffered willingly and more only to use their suffrage to drag the whole down and misrepresent their own part in the whole. And we wonder why racism grew and people sought segregation rather than inclusion. They do not think like the righteous and cannot be part of our congregation…The righteous must stand together of every race and nation but their brothers who have betrayed and deceived must be driven out and excluded. Or…enslaved.
What they have taught a generation to do with the life and gifts bestowed upon us by G-d, is to waste these gifts and life and exalt whatever creation comes of this waste…to exalt one’s self for surviving in the contrary.
In other words, when their lives turned to dung, they exalted the Dunghill and suggested its pinnacle were a worthy aspiration of man, obtainable through means of deception and one’s ability to deceive people who trusted them became the rule by which society measured it’s "heroes," "idols," and "false gods."
There is no shame or acknowledgment of wrong doing or error or guilt among these. And thus no gratefulness towards G-d for His Tender Mercies of which the end draweth nigh. No humility of circumstance among the beggars made lords…As far as they can see, they deserve their whatever they have because of their own stealth. But they do not consider the end of their means…And why should they? Only because they see the righteous growing wise in them and to them….Their fall is imminent and disastrous, and will not be easy to recover from…all the more reason to grow humble, but instead they grow indignant and ferocious.
God has news for these…
Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the L-RD.
Deliverance from slavery G-d’s Way: (from a UCG publication)
“We can find more details of G-d’s intent where the Ten Commandments are reiterated, in Deuteronomy 5:12-15: "Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the L-rd your G-d commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your G-d. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the L-rd your G-d brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the L-rd your G-d commanded you to keep the Sabbath day."
In this listing of the Commandments, another aspect of observing the Sabbath is added for G-d’s people: remembering that they had been slaves in Egypt and that "the L-rd your G-d brought you out from there by a mighty hand."
The Sabbath was a weekly reminder of Israel‘s humble origins as slaves in Egypt and that G-d, by mighty miracles, had delivered His people into freedom and established them as a nation. Now that He had given them rest from their slavery, everyone throughout the nation was to rest and be refreshed on the Sabbath, and servants were specifically included in that command. As G-d had given the Israelites rest, they, too, were commanded to allow their servants to rest, an additional reminder of the blessing the Sabbath was to provide for everyone.
The Israelites were specifically told to remember those events in connection with the Sabbath. G-d, through Moses, frequently reminded the Israelites how far they had come and how He had miraculously intervened for them on many occasions.
In like manner, the Sabbath is an important reminder for Christians today of our deliverance. Through G-d’s mercy and Christ’s sacrifice, Christians are delivered from spiritual slavery to sin and death, set free now to serve G-d (Romans 6:16-23; 2 Peter 2:19).
He warned them never to forget those events: "Only take heed to yourself…lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren" (Deuteronomy 4:9). "Beware, lest you forget the L-rd who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage" (Deuteronomy 6:12). "[Beware] when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the L-rd your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage" (Deuteronomy 8:14). “
Slavery in a just society cannot be abolished and he that would be rightly emancipated must adhere to the Law. Deut. 23:15-16
"Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:
He shall dwell with thee, [even] among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him."
1Ti 6:1-7 ¶ Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of G-d and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed.
And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
2 Nephi 26:28-33
Behold, hath the L-rd commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden. He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. The L-rd hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the L-rd G-d hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love, and except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish. But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish. And again, the L-rd G-d hath commanded that men should not murder; that they should not lie; that they should not steal; that they should not take the name of the L-rd their G-d in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that they should not contend one with another; that they should not commit whoredoms; and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall perish. For none of these iniquities come of the L-rd; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto G-d, both Jew and Gentile.
D&C 50: 26 He that is ordained of G-d and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all.
The Labourers in the Vineyard
‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?
Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’