How do you view yourself (and I, myself) in your (my) relationship with Christ Jesus? Recently I attended a concert by Michael Card. For those who don’t know him, Card is a composer and singer of music based directly on the Bible. Each of his songs is a sermon in and of itself. He is also a writer of books.
During his concert, Card stated that he is currently being discipled in an African-American Church (Card is white and from a part of the south which is still deeply segregated). One of the things he said that stood out was the use of the terms “slave” and “Master” rather than “servant” (or follower) and “Lord.” When he asked about it, the Pastor of the church he is attending said “It’s in our roots. Our history here in the United States begins with slavery. Our forefathers were made to call our owners “master.” We understand the master/slave relationship in a way most others can’t.”
The pastor went on to explain how, during their period of enslavement his forbearers used the term b”Master” in their prayers, devotionals and spirituals. They did so to tell their “masters” who their “Master” really was.
The Hebrews were also slaves in Egypt. They, too, understood the slave/master relationship in deeper ways than most of us in the world today do. It remains in the heritage of the modern-day Jews. That is a big reason why Exodus is so very important.
For whatever reason, even in our Bibles, we have softened these words, “slave” (doulos in the Greek) and “Master.” In most translations, slave becomes servant, follower or disciple. Master becomes Lord. In many ways, it softens the message to make it more palatable. In many ways it is a masterpiece (pun intended) of marketing.
I find that unfortunate. By watering down it becomes easy to misinterpret how we are to relate to our Master, Christ Jesus. We are to be doulos, slaves, to Him.
And among the great wonders of Christianity we need to develop deep understanding of the following:
“He is the truth” And we are to be slaves of the truth.
“And the truth will set you free.”
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