Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Continuing Need for "Amazing Grace"

"Amazing Grace", a new film based on the story of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce is finally being released in Canada tomorrow. Wilberforce was a young British MP who spent a political career in the late 18th and early 19th centuries working for the abolition of the slavery. The film's title is taken from John Newton's famous hymn. Newton himself was an ex-slave trader turned minister who became a spiritual confidante and supporter of Wilberforce, encouraging his efforts to promote political reform. I am planning on going to see it myself and I would encourage you to do so, as well. You can check out this link to find the theatre nearest you.

I would like you to think of one thing as you watch this film. Check out this story on BBC entitled "No return for Sudan's forgotten slaves." It is a sobering reminder of the lingering tragedy from Sudan's long civil war where thousands of southern Sudanese were taken into slavery. Read and remember that slavery continues to exist and some of them are your Christian brothers and sisters.

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