There are few things in American culture that everyone will agree on, but one is that slavery is wrong. The mention of it brings up images of horror, oppression, and disgust from our country’s past. So when I saw the cover of John MacArthur’s new book, Slave, I was put off by the solid black dustcover and white text. Really? I’m not sure how that one got through marketing.
That aside, this book defines the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In Slave, MacArthur uncovers a truth that opened my eyes to the level of commitment and obedience God expects of us. Many times I have heard the phrase; you cannot serve two masters (God and the devil) and thought it at least plausible that you could. Throughout the New Testament, the word “servant” should have been translated “slave”. Wow. That makes sense. There is no way that you could be the slave of two different masters. None.
John MacArthur also does a masterful job of redefining “slave” in the context of the Roman culture in which it was written, thus removing the stigmas that have been ingrained in American culture. This book so impacted me, that I offered my copy to my pastor. Get this. Read it.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze for allowing me to blog-review this book, and providing a copy free of charge. A positive review is not required.