Updated: Jul 4
One of the arguments I have heard against the Bible, is that we do not see evidence of the veracity of its story in other mainstream history narratives, particularly Egypt. The exodus of Israel is a controversial subject, not only for non-believers, but also for Egyptian culture. But my question is, have we ever seen a ruling class deny the veracity of the existence slavery or racism in their history? With divisions being at an all time high in America, over the veracity of our own history that we present about slavery and racism in our origins, I don't think it's too hard to believe that Egypt succeeded in erasing the story of the Exodus from their history books.
In fact, Israel is presented as a minority throughout the Bible. It is the story of a nation that has been beaten down by society and sin. But the culmination of that story, is freedom from oppression. And not only for the minority, but the majority as well. The minority and the majority have their relationship redeemed in Jesus. When gentiles were welcomed to the table of the family of God, the oppressors became reconciled to the oppressed. They joined together to cast off the oppression of sin and death, that holds us all captive. When we accept Jesus, we recognize and affirm our position as part of the minority. We leave the "majority" life of power and privilage behind us, to embrace a life alongside the oppressed and down trodden.
It may have taken awhile to legally abolish slavery after Christ's death, but Christ is the one who started that journey. Our emancipation from sin and death has all sorts of implications for our present reality. Independence is not so much the focus, as a realignment of our alliances is. We turn from the world, to follow God and pursue a different way of life. A way of liberty and freedom, and not domination and slavery. That is the story of the Bible. We can all become a part of that story by accepting the gift of freedom and forgiveness.
Galatians 5:1 "So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law."