Does The Bible Endorse Slavery?

Skeptics of Christianity often argue that they cannot believe in a Bible or worship a God who endorses slavery.  What are they talking about?  It is true that slavery existed in ancient Israel, and that Jesus and Paul did not condemn slavery outright.  So, how can we explain this as Christians?
First, it is important to understand that "slavery" in ancient Israel was nothing like the chattel slavery in the antebellum south.  If the early Americans would have closely followed the Old Testament slavery laws, then chattel slavery would have never existed in America.  That is the focus of this blog post.  Second, while Jesus and Paul did not condemn slavery outright, they taught principles that gradually led to the overthrow of slavery in the Roman empire, Europe, and America.  That will be the focus of tomorrow's post.  
Here are nine proofs that the Old Testament does not endorse chattel slavery:
1. Slavery in ancient Israel was debt-servitude.  It was very similar to the ind…

Jen Hatmaker Is So Glad Her Daughter Is Gay

Jen Hatmaker is a popular "Christian" author, blogger, speaker, and TV star on HGTV.  A few years ago she made headlines when she voiced her support for same-sex marriage.  But she made it clear that her support wasn't based on a libertarian view of the law.  She does not believe that homosexuality is a sin.  
So, it was not surprising when she recently voiced her support excitement upon learning that her daughter is a lesbian.  She literally said, "I’m so glad you’re gay. I’m so glad you’re free. I’m so glad this is how you were made. I’m thrilled about your future. I already told you about the kind of wife you need to marry."
Tragic.  While God loves both Jen Hatmaker and her daughter, He is not pleased with their sinful choices.  Let me just remind you that the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality (Lev 18:22; 1 Tim 1:9-11).  I'm not judging; I'm just telling you what the Law says.  The Bible describes homosexuality as an abomination, disgraceful, unnat…

Do Not Exasperate Your Children

The Bible warns parents (especially fathers) not to exasperate their children (Col 3:21).  The dictionary defines "exasperate" as making someone intensely irritated and frustrated.  The Greek word means to stir to anger; to embitter; to make resentful.  The idea is do not act in a way that causes your children to hate you.  The CJB version says, "Fathers, don't irritate your children and make the resentful."
The ERV puts it like this:  "Fathers, don't upset your children."  If you have children, then you know it is impossible to never upset your children.  If you are doing your job, then you should be upsetting your children from time to time.  When you deny them what they want, or make demands that they don't like, or correct them when they are wrong, you risk upsetting and angering them.  It is unavoidable.  But the idea in Colossians 3:21 is do not upset your children needlessly; unnecessarily.
You can get some good ideas about how to avoid e…

Scheduling Your Prayer Time

Prayer is absolutely essential for a healthy spiritual life.  And if you want to have a vital prayer life, you need to pray daily.  You need a daily appointment with God so that you can spend quality, quantity time with Him.  My daily prayer time is first thing in the morning.  That means I have to wake up very early, because I have to be at work for 5 am.  But it is worth it, or I wouldn't do it.  The following quote from J.C. Ryle is motivating:I commend to you, in the next place, the importance of making prayer a regular business of life. I might say something of the value of regular times in the day for prayer. God is a God of order. The hours for morning and evening sacrifice in the Jewish temple were not fixed as they were without a meaning. Disorder is eminently one of the fruits of sin. But I would not bring any under bondage. This only I say, that it is essential to your soul's health to make praying a part of the business of every twenty-four hours in your life. Just…

Teach Your Children To Obey

God commands children to obey their parents (Col 3:20).  By learning to obey you, your children will learn to submit to all authority figures, and will learn how to get along with others.  
But obedience is a learned virtue.  Children are not born obedient.  It takes training and instruction (Eph 6:4).  You can help your children grow in obedience by reading God's word about obedience to them (Eph 6:1-3; Col 3:20), and then by explaining what real obedience looks like.  
Children must obey...
1) Completely.  "Children, obey your parents in everything (Col 3:20)."  Not just some of their commands; not just the commands you agree with, but all of their commands.  
2) Constantly.  "I will always obey your instruction, forever and ever (Ps 119:44)."  Not just when your parents are watching; not just when you are with your parents, but all the time.  
3) Currently.  "I hurried, not hesitating to keep your commands (Ps 119:6)."  Children must obey right away.  D…

Does Job Fear God for Nothing?

"Does Job fear God for nothing (Job 1:9-11)?"  This question was asked by Satan.  He was implying that the only reason Job was loyal to God was because God was prospering him.  Remove the prosperity, and Job will lose his devotion to the Lord.  
Why did Satan make this assumption about Job?  The devil is not stupid.  He has been around for all of human history.  He knows human nature.  He has seen time and time again that for the most part, people love God when they prosper, but hate Him when they suffer.  They are fair-weather-friends.  
People often have unbiblical expectations of God.  They believe that God has promised to reward their devotion with health, wealth, and prosperity.  So when things go south -- sickness, death of a loved one, persecution, unemployment, martial strife, a rebellious child -- they accuse God of reneging; of breaking His word; of failing to keep His end of the bargain.  
In reality most people do not serve God because they love Him.  They don't…

The Bitter Husband (Don't Be That Guy)

Not only are husbands commanded to love their wives, but also to avoid being bitter toward them.  "Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them (Col 3:19)."  Below are some common ways that husbands are bitter (harsh/cruel) toward their wives.
1) Being physically abusive. When Paul listed the qualities of a godly man in 1 Timothy, one is that he is “not a bully but gentle (1 Tim 3:3).”  The word “bully” literally means a “striker.”  A Christian man should never hit a woman, much less his wife.  
2) Being verbally abusive.  There are a number of ways this can play out.  Yelling and hollering at your wife.  Calling her hurtful names.  Insulting her.  Criticizing her.  Cutting her down. 
3) Committing sexual sin.  Adultery, pornography, etc.  
4) Withholding affection.  Your wife needs both physical affection (non-sexual touching, such as hugs, kisses, holding hands), and verbal affection (words of affirmation, adoration, and appreciation).  
5) Depriving her of sex.  S…