“As for your male and female slaves whom you may have–you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession. You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.” (Leviticus 25:44-46)
It’s obvious the bible (in some parts) supports slavery, well Leviticus cannot be read more clearly than what’s in bold above.
Christianity, well literal Christianity, has to accept that slavery is ‘a-ok’. By this I mean, the people of God (Israel according to this law) can buy and sell slaves and even pass them down as possessions to their children (which is really a sweet inheritance). Which also means, as Gentiles we would be the ‘slaves’ and not the ‘slave owners’ (or we can have the option of keeping this law by becoming a slave to someone Jewish). Not really a bad deal, no worse than being hated for being gay.
But the question for me is, do things change over time? Can something like slavery, previously supported by the law, eventually be something no longer supported by God?