Author: Michael Card
Singer, songwriter, and author Michael Card addresses the Biblical concepts of slavery and freedom in his latest book, _A Better Freedom_. His thesis is based on the idea that the Greek word translated as “Lord,” kyrios, is better translated as “Master,” and often refers to a slave/master relationship. Based on that, he concludes that almost half of Jesus’ parables deal with slaves or slavery.
He draws the distinction
of what slavery meant in the New Testament setting as opposed to the dark
period of slavery in America’s history. He also shows several parallels
between both periods, and suggests that we have a lot to learn from our
He then reminds us of the paradoxical nature of the Gospel citing the examples of giving to receive, of dying to live, of being last in order to be first. By doing so, he demonstrates the freedom that arrives for those who are willing to enslave themselves to Christ.
Here’s the question: Is his
premise the correct interpretation? Relying on alternate translations as
the basis for a concept can lead to questionable results. It should
be noted that I’m not claiming that Card is wrong by any means. He
challenges the traditional
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