There is an excuse by many that slavery was important in the USA in the 1700 and 1800’s because of economics; that the economy of the south depended on slavery. This is simply not true!
Slavery was an obsession and it was very expensive!
It would have been more economical for a plantation owner to give freedom to the slaves and then provide proper housing and an adequate wage; therefore saving the huge expense of purchasing slaves. God’s people would have benefited greatly, not only from caring for these needy in an adequate way, but the conscience of Christians would not have been seared.
Companies, factories, and organizations even today, would greatly benefit if they cared for all their staff and employees in a humane, dignified, and generous way, instead of putting all their profits back into the company. Everyone benefits from the fair and just treatment of all.
"And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail" (Isaiah 58:10- 11, nasb).