“…we wrestle…against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6: 12)
“…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ…should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
According to these two New Testament verses, there exist in our world unseen forces that employ darkness to achieve their purposes. Those purposes are neither benign, nor benevolent. Though a person may have been held captive by the power of darkness at one time, there is deliverance in Jesus Christ from this very power. So we are told in the first chapter of the book of Colossians, in verse thirteen.
I tell you this to illustrate a condition of captivity versus a condition of liberty. I tell you this to illustrate what I believe is the very root of slavery. And as the Scriptures tell us that the ‘invisible things’ of Him can be seen and understood by ‘things that are made’ (Romans 1: 20 ), so I also believe that His triumph in Christ over humanity’s enslavement to death, in all its forms, has been and is being evidenced by events that have transpired throughout the history of the United States of America. From our bloody beginnings, throughout continued wrestlings against tyranny in and outside of our own governing bodies, and especially against the lurid horror of actual human enslavement, American stands as a living epistle, showing forth the will of the Father in the Son, making men free indeed.
Please join me as, going forward, I soberly explore the issue of slavery as it related to our Founding Fathers, our fledgling nation and our first national documents.
As always, thank you for stopping by…..Christina