Take Hold – Br. David Allen

1 Timothy 6:1-12

Our First Reading began with several general assumptions, things such as slavery taken for granted as inevitable parts of life in the period of history for which it was written.  But life has changed and history has moved on.  Nevertheless there are lessons to be learned from this narrative when we apply it to our present generation.

We know from our study of history that slavery has been recognized as an abuse of human rights.  It has been outlawed now in most parts of the world for over a hundred years or more.  But we can see that we still have employee and employer relationships that amount to a kind of slavery.  Abuse of human rights can still be seen and viewed from the standpoint of Jesus’ teachings and brought into line with true godliness and mutual respect for one another’s humanity. Read More