Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"What Would Wilberforce Do?"

Christianity Today uses Wilberforce's example to comment on the political involvement of Evangelicals today:
American evangelicals continue to fret over their political engagement - with good reason. Our core commitments focus on church, family, and evangelization, while the political process often produces polarization and nastiness that can drown out the fundamental message of salvation in Jesus.

Yet we have no doubt that moral crises call not only for conversions, but also for legal restraints to evil. So we engage politically, not primarily because we want to form a voting bloc, but because we know that if we ignore politics, we imperil the wellbeing of millions of people.

The February bicentennial of the British parliament's vote to abolish the slave trade has drawn attention to evangelical pioneers in political engagement. The new film Amazing Grace is introducing millions of moviegoers to the story of William Wilberforce and the remarkable campaign to ban the slave trade. ...

Wilberforce should not just be honored, but also his example heeded. What lessons do he and his circle have for us?
Source: What Would Wilberforce Do? | Christianity Today

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