Amazing grace in faith and politics


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By Alexander Carpenter

I saw this film at a prescreening in Berkeley and I strongly recommend the moving experience to all my Adventist community members.

About the 18th century abolition work of parliamentarian William Wilberforce, the film captures the honorable struggle for justice that takes place when Christians use the power of their faith to change institutions. As blogger Brethren Priestess wrote after seeing the film: It glamourizes political activism without obscuring the realities of the difficulties of the struggle. There is pain, there is hopelessness, there is self-doubt, there is loneliness, there is mistrust among the community. There are people saying ‘Go slower,’ ‘It’s bad for the economy,’ ‘People are too fearful for change,’ ‘You’ll be called a traitor,’ and, the most damaging of all, ‘Yes, I agree with you, but I don’t think yours is quite the right way to act, so I will work against you and support the status quo out of my own unoriginality.’ [snip]The story also makes a great case for overcoming the typical division between political life and spiritual life. It shows convincingly that the best way to live as a Christian is to struggle to end injustice - that political activism is no less a Christian life than a life of solitude, and often an even ‘more’ Christian life, depending on the specific gifts of the Christian in question.Today 27 million people continue to live as slaves. Many Christians are joining in a new campaign to end human trafficking in this generation. Learn more about the Amazing Change campaign.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4339