From Paul a servant of Christ Jesus, and Richard his brother.
So, as I wrote, my hope was that in the homes of the Church in Ephesus the relationships between slaves and masters would be transformed.
Also, I left Timothy in Ephesus and wrote this to him: “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers – and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which He entrusted to me.”
Emphasis is mine. Well, actually, the whole thing is mine.
Anyway, I wanted to do what William Wilberforce did before he did it. Slavery was too much of a part of society to see it change overnight but I thought that if we (William and I) could bring the horrible trade which caused it to shame it might make people think. It might make them think about the cruelty of forcibly or deceptively removing someone from their home. It might make them about the conditions in which they are kept.
There is a trial in London as I write of people who enslaved a seven-year-old who never smiled. How might you respond to slavery as creatively today?