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I sometimes wonder why Jesus didn’t say something about slavery?
Some Christians says that since Jesus taught about goodness then automatically he carries a message about anti-slavery, but that’s not the case. Consider the fact that in the first place, you can't say that Jesus was ignorant on slavery. In the time of the Roman occupation of ancient Palestine, slavery was prevalent and that slavery was one of the greatest atrocities on basic human rights. As a benevolent God-Man, we except Jesus to say something against it, but he was very silent about the issue.
We won’t even read any quote in all four Gospels that Jesus said something against this practice. In fact, you won't find anything in the whole New Testaments about the evilness of slavery. Instead, what we can read is this...
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free." And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him." (Ephesians 6:5-9 NIV)
I wonder why the deep silence on a very crucial issue?