Friday evening we watched “Amazing Grace.” It was a portrayal of William Wilberforce’s efforts to end slavery in Britain. The film was excellent and surprisingly Christian. Despite being Christian, the theater was packed, and the packed theater applauded when the movie was over. How ironic world!
The forty fourth says,
“You have saved us from our adversaries
and have put to shame those who hate us.”
After years of being able to end slavery openly Wilberforce was eventually successful by cutting off the head of the serpent rather than its heart. A measure to make ships subject to privateers if they did certain things which typically only the French did, which the slavers did themselves. Unbeknownst to the advocates of slavery the bill passed, and slavery was effectively nullified through practical means. How shameful for the advocates of slavery!
Personally, I rejoiced in some outright Christian moments in the film, especially the blind pastor’s line, “I’m a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” This is a blatant revelation of the good news of Jesus Christ! For me to hear this was wonderful, and I have been redeemed. What then if someone not knowing the good news hears this? There was even a moment of conversation between God and one of his sons, Wilberforce. He said to his Dad, “I don’t know why, but I just feel like I need to be alone when I talk to you.” This is a moment of honest conversation with God! I never thought I could go to an American theater and see a non-holiday movie about Christianity that was actually Christian, but hallelujah.