Lesson From A Slave Castle

As you may already know, I had the opportunity to go to Ghana, West Africa on a missions trip a few years ago.  I will be going back very soon.  As the date gets closer, I find myself doing a lot of reminiscing about my previous visit.

During my last trip to Ghana, I had the opportunity to visit Elmina Slave Castle.  This castle, erected in 1482, became one of the most important stops on the route to the Atlantic Slave Trade.  I could not begin to describe to you the atrocities that occurred in this building as described to us by our tour guide.  I would, however, like to share this quick lesson with you.

Taken by Aluka Digital Library

Our guide told us there were three reasons why someone would become a slave.

1. Crimes you committed.

2.  Debt that you could not pay.

3.  You were born into it.

We fit all three conditions of slavery to sin.

  1. We have committed crimes.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  2. We all have a debt that we cannot pay.  “…without the shedding of blood, there can be no sacrifice for sin.”  Hebrews 3:23
  3. We were all born into sin.  “I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5

I am thankful that we have an advocate!

  1. I have committed crimes.  BUT! Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us… and took it our of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Col. 2:14
  2. I had a debt that I could not pay.  BUT!  “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
  3. I was born into sin.  BUT!  I have been “born again of water and of Spirit.” John 3:5

No more shackles, no more chains….

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