“He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death. (Exodus 21:16)
” . . . realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching.” (1 Tim. 1:9-10)
The southern slaveholder violated these two verses–one found in the Old Testament, and one found in the New Testament.
Southern slavery was not endorsed by the God of the Bible. It wasn’t God who forced the Africans to traverse the Middle Passage. It was the disobedience of man towards the Word of God.
Instead, this is the heart of our Lord Jesus:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, and recovery of sight to the blind, to SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED.