Two hundred years later a review of this history in America suggests a different melody. Conservative thought has gained ground uniquely in that the reasoning is no longer beholden to the ways of life during early Biblical periods but more to the message of Spirit. This message of Spirit recognizes the right of every human being to achieve his/her potential. The later Biblical testament (New Testament) transforms slavery to the advent of freedom for all humanity. In this account the Gentiles are freed in the Grace of God. Their spiritual destiny is no longer held by laws they cannot substantially embrace.
The message in the later testament is clear. Slavery is no longer a viable way of life.
How does conservative thought respond to this new awareness? The approach most conservative thinkers would assume is the approach of a gradualist that recognizes change is needed and continues to step toward that purpose without a lot of harsh disruption in other’s lives. The objective is set, the initiative for change proclaimed, and earnest purpose is put forward to action. This may take several generations but change is evident.
Even studies of the Early Testament reveal all this mentioned. God made clear what the laws of Life are in Genesis and Exodus. He, too, was confronting a system of the world that disdained his laws in many ways. It is apparent that He took an approach that may be defined as gradualist and accommodating to humanity.
To see one another equally does not necessarily reflect sameness. But it does grant everyone the right to share and develop their capacity with regard to all life and to care for one another as brethren. Like forging new frontiers the way can be arduous and painstaking but the aim follows the higher purpose that bestows hope and inner joy.✹