"And when you pray for us, we can begin to see one another's faces."
Were it only color, class or creed?
Just mostly local in antiquity;
Far worse a late euro-'Christian' notion
For dragging skins across the ocean.
evelyn cromer modern imperialism
One thing to note is that Slavery was widely practiced in the ancient world; it was only the moral demands of Christianity that forced men to come up with some monstrous system of skin coloring to justify greed. Thomas Sowell has noted that the southern race tensions developed in the context of the enslavement, not the other way around. It is a thoroughly modern mistake to take those who are more primitive and assume that of all things their skin color must be a reliable indication of their character. It was merely an excuse for a no longer excusable practice; whether there is a linking between skin color and other genetic traits we may never be able to discover now, but this is a progressive disease. Eugenics and all of its brain-children finished the great scratch mark across modern dignity that the original excuse for enslaving the dark skinned peoples did. It is fitting that white liberals feel the most guilt about racism - if you identify with that ideological strain, I suppose you, like the Western Adam, were there at the Original Sin.Though, It isn't that the ancients were better, certainly not as if you use the password and read you will find out (esp. re. the Romans), but they certainly were less 'prejudiced' as we post moderns would have it. Ironic!
The ancients probably didn't take skin color into consideration in the choice of slaves. Speaking of slaves, I long for the freedom that comes from being a slave of Christ. But my daily struggle is to have the sin of prejudice (or pre-judging others) be called discernment and therefore feel like a martyr if disagreed with. After all, haven't I taken pains to discern rightly? I can't let them all go to ash.Or...I'll have the sin of prejudice be called what it is, be horrified and repent, or go on sinning, content that at least I'm doing it blatantly and not making excuses for it or calling it something else. Suggestions for cure would be appreciated.
Hmm, I suffer the same malady with utterly similar consequences, LB! I think that it is because our senses are not totally bunk; so for instance we will properly espy a person's motive; then we will proceed to execute judgment on them... the struggle is to note the observation but to act on it only in a way that is just. How that can be done, I'm not sure.I think Maximus tells us to pray for them, whomever they are... this irascibility that arises can only be cured by praying for those who we have wronged in our hearts or have actually wronged us.That's all I can think of!
There are slaves and then there are sons and daughters. It's interesting to note that those who serve God out of duty don't often relate to God as a loving Father, but rather as a Master. They are called good slaves because they care about pleasing God. The bad slaves are slaves to sin and hardly care about pleasing God. However good slaves, be as good as they may, are still slaves. They must become sons and daughters who recognize that every hardship in this life is for their good. That's the reason why they seldom complain about their hardships. They must work alongside their Father to go against themselves (the irascible part at least), and so be for themselves all the more. We must not be conent to be slaves, but to be sons and daughters!
It is often a difference between duty and love, methinks; though I suppose we still are slaves or servants in the same way that Christ comes and serves us.
It's almost as though love makes the doing seem almost effortless (not that it doesn't require effort) but that the love overshadows the difficulty. Suffering for love of it is a sweet experience. Duty, on the other hand, strives and strains to do that which love does but with much difficulty because it lacks the power, spirit, and the love that animates it.
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