Friends and servants

John 15:9-17

When you hear the word slave or servant, what image comes to mind? Do you see one of the 100 million conquered humans who were seized and sold across the Mediterranean during the millennium of Rome’s dominance? Or a chained African on a ship crossing the Atlantic toward U.S. shores and a life of hard labor for the benefit of others? Or one of the women and children being sold into today’s sex trade, which generates more crime-produced income than any other illegal industry except the drug trade? If these are the images of slavery that we hold in our minds, how does that color our thinking about becoming a slave?

 

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