Jesus and the Slave

So I was in church the other day. My wife and I help the church secretary get things ready for the service on Sunday. We fold the bulletins, make sure the pencils in the pews are sharp, and that each of the pews is stocked with offering envelopes. Just little things to make her job a little easier.

And while I was in the sanctuary working on the pews, something that I had been pondering for a while suddenly came to me with crystal clarity. And that’s how this particular post came to be.

Here’s a thought for your next writing exercise:

Your character is a slave. Freshly beaten and abused by his master, he falls at Jesus’ feet and declares, “I have run away from my master to follow you!” How would Jesus reply?

This isn’t an easy question and it’s a great opportunity to blend conflict, history, and religion. It’s also a great opportunity to project that same situation onto today’s society.

What do you think? Where would you take this? What would Jesus’ answer be?


About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at You can find my novels at,, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at
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