Does the Christian Coalition Really Endorse Slavery?

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Ed Brayton from the Free Thought Blogs reports, while American Way is moving their offices and are archiving all the random material they have collected over the years, one of the things they have found was a Christian Coalition leadership manual from 1990. This little gem either endorses slavery explicitly, or at least argues that work relationships should be modeled after those Bible verses that clearly endorse slavery.

In delegating His authority in the world, God established His pattern for work as well as in the family and in the church.

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 like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men…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 6:5-7,9

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know thou will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, there is no favoritism. Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a master in Heaven.
– Colossians 3:22-4:1

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. — I Timothy 6:1-2

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is
conscious of God. –I Peter 2:18-19

Of course, slavery was abolished in this country many years ago, so we must apply these principles to the way Americans work today, to employees and employers. Christians have a responsibility to submit to the authority of their employers since they are designated as part of God’s plan for the exercise of authority in the earth by man.

If this doesn’t send a chill down your spine, then you haven’t been paying attention to the world around you. This philosophy has been acted upon for decades now. We see it in our work place, we see it in our job reviews, and we see it in our contract negotiations.

But the scariest part of all this is when this philosophy becomes married to the Citizens’ United ruling, that corporations are people. That is when every worker becomes a “slave” to the corporation/God/Job Creator.