I don’t believe in slavery. The United States has a deep history of slavery that has reached into present day.
The Bible has much to say about slavery and I often wondered why it wasn’t just condemned – maybe a commandment that says “Thou shalt not have slaves!”But God, in His wisdom, instead gave instruction on the treatment of slaves. In fact, many servants were decently treated as members of the family. And many servants seem to do an exemplary job in their service.
Joseph was sold as a slave by his own brothers but you never read of him complaining. In fact, even as a slave in prison he took it upon himself to help the other prisoners.
Many of the writers in the New Testament called themselves bondservants of Christ.
So with servitude and slavery as a part of the Greco-Roman civilization, Paul addresses the treatment and the attitude of slaves and servants.
Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. Titus 2:9-10
Again it seems to me that it would be better to say, “Exhort masters to free their servants” but that is not the case.
Truthfully, anyone that works is a servant of a master or an employee of an employer. That may not be a just comparison but I hear many employees grumble and complain against their company or bosses.
What a testimony against that behavior when you read it like this – Exhort employees to be obedient to their employers, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
This verse then relates to every person because everyone has some accountability to someone else. Even a CEO is accountable to a board or the stockholders. The verse really tells each of us to be the very best Christ would have us be in whatever situation we may be in!