Thursday, March 14, 2013
RUNAWAY TRAIN (Deuteronomy 23)
In the context of laws permitting slavery while protecting the well-being of the slave, this verse caught me by surprise.
Don't return a runaway to his master.
The slave is not required to prove mistreatment. The wording suggests they need refuge for one reason or another. Perhaps they ran down one of the roads we talked about yesterday, to the nearest town. Once there, the former slave needed to stay put. His safety wasn't guaranteed if he left. But as long stayed within the town, he could live freely, make his own way, free from harrassment or fear.
So it's not necessarily a call for open borders.
That's a tougher one. The key, I think, is protection. Children must be in a situation where they are protected--from both abusive families, a faulty welfare system, the mean streets.
I don't know what the answer is.
Today, let's take a moment to pray for those people--slaves, children, refugees--who need to flee from trouble. Pray that they will find a safe place to live, for institutions of slavery and prostitution and oppression to end.
Pray for the peacemakers.