… not this way among you.
Jesus said members of His kingdom were to be different from the rulers of the other nations–but how? The answer is quite simple: the great men of the other nations “exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you…” In our kingdom we are all to model the behavior of our king who came not to be served, but to serve.
In our upside down kingdom we are in a race to the bottom. If you want to rule; serve. If you want to be great in this kingdom you must become the slave of all. Due to the influence of Christian culture on many of the States of the world, it has become cliche to refer to government officials as “public servants.” It does not require close observation to see that this is often more akin to irony than truth.
Submit, submit, blah, blah, blah
Those who wish to criticize Christian culture are often quick to point to some of the explicit commands found in our guide, the New Testament. Statements such as “slaves submit to your masters,” or “wives submit to your husbands,” are often taken as examples of the oppressive nature of Christian culture.
How sad it is that many who claim to be followers of King Jesus have subverted these statements to mean “It is fine for me to have slaves,” or “God expects me to be the authority over my wife.” Those instructions were never given! I find it amazing the extent to which the simple statements of scripture have been obscured. For example look again at Biblehub, this time at Colossians 4:1. Not one of these translations reads like what I see in my Greek New Testament. They all come close, but critically miss the point. Here is my translation, and I would love to hear comment from some real experts as to whether it is me or the translations which are missing the point..
Masters grant justice and equality to your slaves…
I see this as a clear call that Christian slave owners were to release their slaves. The other translations use almost the same words but my, what a different meaning. Here is the KJV for example:
“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal…”