My wife and I just got back from watching Amazing Grace. I first heard about William Wilberforce 30 years ago when Dr. John Hannah, my Church History professor mentioned that this man spearheaded the abolition of slavery in the British Empire without any blood being shed, while we in the USA are still trying to clean up the mess we made of it. Historically, much of the resistance to abolition was economic. “If we abolish slavery, our sugar plantations will not survive.” This early concern makes me want to study how England did adjust economically during the 1800’s. Economic “necessity” will always be a poor excuse to purpetuate inhumane treatment of people.
I had not realized that John Newton was “Wilber’s” pastor. What a moving part Finney played. Anyone who watches this movie thoughtfully must leave with the personal question, “What am I devoting my life to?” I’m not sure that all of us have to be crusaders for a cause, but I think we do need to stand strong for godly principles. Unfortunately, our culture today is so caught up with “tolerance” and “politically correctness” that we don’t stand for much of anything. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! The movie makes me clarify my stance on lots of social issues. I’d be interested in your reactions to the movie.