Uncle Tom’s Cabin and true hospitality

Reading the undeniably excellent ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, I came across this quote from one of the characters. Mary, the wife of one Senator John, is arguing with her husband about a law he helped pass that forbids helping escaped negroes who have crossed over into Ohio, a free state, from Kentucky. As he tries to reason with her about the necessity of the law against “aidin’ and abbettin'” other people’s ‘property’, she says the following:

Now, John, I don’t know anything about politics, but I can read my Bible; and there I see that I must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the desolate; and that Bible I mean to follow.

Although there are many examples throughout history of people using the Bible to justify their self-serving cruelty and evil (including slavery in America), there are other times when the truest meaning of the word ‘humanity’ has been demonstrated by following the spirit and the letter of the Good Book.

It is in those times when we see that being born-again by the Spirit makes people most truly human, for only thereby can we most fully reflect the image of God. Our best example, of course, is that of Christ in the Gospels.

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