Amazing Grace – the sweetest sound

Tomorrow marks the 200th anniversary of William Wilberforce’s triumphant crusade to abolish slavery. Wilberforce was relentless. Each year he argued for truth and righteousness. Each year he was voted down.

On Feb. 23, 1807, after two decades of determination by Member of Parliament Wilberforce, the House of Commons voted to abolish the British slave trade,
changing the course of history.

He could have backed down. He could have quit. 23 years of failure. 23 years of mockery by the elite. But he stood tall. But he was encouraged by John Newton, his pastor, to press on.
Newton had some personal knowledge of the slave trade. He once captained his own ship, shuttling slaves for money across the sea. But on one trip, he encountered a frightening storm – and dedicated his life to serving the God of mercy and grace. The song, Amazing Grace, is a reflection of his own life.

Wilberforce used his position in life to make huge societal change. He was truly a Red Letter Believer, who was not content to just know what the Bible said – but actually lived it out.

The story is the subject of the movie, Amazing Grace, opening in theaters tomorrow.

What is your experience? Have you sailed the wrong ship? Have you turned around, totally changed by grace? Are others – like Wilberforce – watching you and might inspired to change the world?

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4 Responses to Amazing Grace – the sweetest sound

  1. Anonymous says:

    How wonderful to have men like this in our history! Can you imagine how many lives he’s impacted? Goes to show the amazing things God can do with just ONE person! 🙂
    Take care, Connie

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting. I’m embarrassed to admit I knew virtually nothining about Wilberforce. It’s always inspiring to see how God uses people to accomplish great things. Thanks for sharing.


  3. PFaustin says:

    I saw the movie last night. I’m looking forward to learning more about and from his life. Perseverance is so needed in many of our contemporary battles especially abortion.


  4. Anonymous says:

    An excellent movie. inspirational. all concerned with impacting american culture should see it. It took him about 42 years.

    Bob D.

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