I was thinking of John Woolman and other Quaker abolitionists really.
And the thought struck me, that the reason that they were the ones who became the vessels for change in regards to slavery, is precisely because they believed that the Spirit of Christ within gave them the ability and the authority to do a new thing on earth through them, even if it meant shaking the foundations of what had always been believed and accepted.
Is it any wonder then that they, of all Christians and other religious groups, contributed so much to the end of slavery in our World, willing to do and believe what was not done or believed in Old or New Testament? That they were the ones who were willing to abolish what St. Augustine could only lament over, but ultimately tolerate? To eradicate what Bartolome De Las Casas would, at first, only lay on the backs of those he thought could bear the weight?
So many other people saw slavery and were saddened by it. So many came to see it’s negative effect. But only the people who believed that Christ’s Spirit of Love is the ultimate arbiter for what we should do on regards to our neighbor were willing to remove it from our lives.
Is that not the creed of everyone who wishes to “break every yoke”?