Probably one of the most hated institutions of all time is slavery, and rightly so. But slavery has been a norm in the societies of man down through the ages, until recent times. While it is not God who condoned slavery, slaves and masters are factors that affected God’s people in both the Old and New Testaments. As we review the attributes and attitudes of “good” slaves, and “good” and “bad” masters, we can learn about us and the intended spiritual application for our lives as “slaves of righteousness.”
Rick Shabi was ordained an elder in 2000, and relocated to northern Florida in 2004. He attended Ambassador College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Accounting. After enjoying a rewarding career in corporate and local hospital finance and administration, he became a pastor in January 2011. Since then, he and his wife Deborah have served in the Orlando and Jacksonville, FL churches. Rick also serves as the Treasurer for the United Church of God.