Amazing Grace: The Wilberforce(ful) Movie
Amazing Grace Your Business Blogger(R) with kith and kin were invited to a private pre-screening of Amazing Grace last February. The movie is about England’s Wilberforce and his fight to end slavery.
The existence of slavery is beyond comprehension.
The movie is perfect. A must see, must DVD buy. However, our hosts from CRC Public Relations warned us that,
One thing to note: There is a brief scene or two that depict the brutality that was endured when slaves took the passage from Africa. However, in my opinion, it serves to awaken the senses and not to frighten. Just a thought.
Anyway, I hope that you and yours enjoy the film and I look forward to any feedback you may be able to offer!
The point of the movie Amazing Grace is that one human being does not own another. This is evil. Because each created person belongs to the Creator.
The movie’s relevance for today is not, I think, to call attention to the continued existence of slavery. This analogy is a little too easy. Contrary to the PR campaign against today’s slavery, I would suggest a more compelling analogy. The comparison should be between the Wilberforce fight against slavery, and today’s fight against abortion.
Slavery and Abortion are the taking of innocent life. The only difference is venue.
Thank you (foot)notes:
We were privileged to see the advance trailers Easter before last. See Wilberforce and Gapingvoid.
The Alert Student will remember that William Wilberforce had two goals on this side of Eternity. Wilberforce wrote on Sunday, October 28, 1787, in his journal:
“God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation Manners.”
Jamaican FlagAlert Readers will remember that slavery is a function of power. When the British were subduing the Scots, the captured Kilted were herded up by the hundreds and sold as slaves and shipped to the sugar plantations in the West Indies. Which may be the reason Scottish and Jamaican flags are somewhat similar. Both depict the Cross of St. Andrews.
Scottish FlagFreedom for All says,
As human beings we all have histories to tell and West Indian history is linked to hundreds of years of British (Scottish) history. There are many black people in the West Indies with Scottish surnames. For example, in Jamaica, there are more Scottish surnames such as Campbell, Grant, Graham, MacFarlane and Reid per square mile in Jamaica than they are in Scotland. Four of the National heroes of West Indian rebellions, who were hanged by the British, were: Sharpe, Gladstone, Bogle and Gordon. The name of the present Colonel of the famous Maroons warriors that won their freedom from the British in Jamaica during slavery is, Wallace Stirling…a very Scottish name. We are a part of the fabric of this country in many ways and no one can tell us to leave.
See Biblios for an interesting detail.
Dear Jack Yoest,
My name is Luke Granlund, and I’m working on the Amazing Grace film campaign. We want to thank you for the interest you and your church have shown in the film and the upcoming Amazing Grace Sunday, celebrating the Bi-Centennial of the abolition of slavery. The hymn Amazing Grace was instrumental in the abolition movement two centuries ago, and we are thrilled that your church is taking a moment to commemorate February 18 and celebrate together with almost 3,000 churches worldwide.
As you might have heard, Amazing Grace is also the title of our film which releases February 23. The film chronicles the story of the British politician William Wilberforce, his pastor and mentor John Newton (the hymn writer), and the decades-long fight to overthrow the slave trades. We are hoping that churches across the US are inspired by the story of faith, tenacity, and redemption – and can use it as a door for continued dialogue on the topic of social justice in our day.
If you and your church are interested in supporting our film, we greatly encourage you to consider buying group tickets in advance. By supporting Amazing Grace, you are showing Hollywood that films of this caliber are important – and necessary. If you have any questions about the film, the movement, or about group sales, we would love to assist you through our toll-free number: 1-888-81-GRACE (888-814-7223).
Amazing Grace Group Sales Associate
The Lyrics of the Song
Amazing Grace (How sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snare,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall profess, within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be for ever mine.