“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.” –1 Timothy 2:1
William Wilberforce was a British politician born in Hull, England in 1759. After his conversion to Christianity, Wilberforce embraced God’s calling to the abolition of slave trade and the reformation of morals in the land. Despite the intense and fierce opposition he faced from slave traders and Co, Wilberforce continued the battle to denounce the evils of slavery till finally, his eighteen years-long efforts came to fruition, when the bill to abolish slave trade was passed on the 4th of February 1807.
Fast forward to the 21st century; the United States has been experiencing a resurgence of this same kind of evil, in the form of racial oppression. As we watched in shock and dismay the recent events of hatred and violence unfolding in the streets of Charlottesville, VA, many decried in the media and on social networks, the actions these racists groups.
Christians are called be the salt and the light (Matthew 5:13-16), to impact our culture with the love, compassion and grace of God. Wilberforce believed that a faith that did not act in the face of oppression, was no faith at all. We must stand for the things that are just, pure, and of virtue, speaking the Truth in love. We must continue persistently in prayer, intercession and the preaching of the Gospel.
In concluding his book A Practical View of Christianity, Wilberforce wrote:
“I must confess equally boldly that my own solid hopes for the well-being of my country depend, not so much on her navies and armies, nor on the wisdom of her rulers, nor on the spirit of her people, as on the persuasion that she still contains many who love and obey the Gospel of Christ. I believe that their prayers may yet prevail.” –William Wilberforce
Let Faith and Hope prevail.