Sunday, November 25, 2007
Oh, Wow! Another Person I Can't Wait To Meet ... in Heaven!
As you all know, I am a new "fan" of William Wilberforce, the subject of the recent movie, AMAZING GRACE, a man who struggled for twenty years in the British Parliament to end the slave trade and another thirty to see the emancipation of slaves in all the British colonies become a reality. His work "spilled over" into other countries, too, and affected the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States of America. His vision, carried out in opposition to the prevailing sensibilities of world economies of the times -- built on the backs of kidnapped slaves -- most certainly changed the world.
I have suggested you see the movie. Now I suggest you read the book, AMAZING GRACE by Eric Metaxas, which encompasses Wilberforce's entire life and includes the many other things he accomplished during his sojourn on earth.
It is rare when I cry at the end of a book for a man two centuries dead, but I cried at the conclusion of this book. And if ever I make it to England, I will visit Wilberforce's grave at Westminster Abbey and cry again, and thank God for him.