William Wilberforce was an abolitionist. He sought no compromise on the immorality of human rights atrocities being legally committed by his contemporaries. Either directly by participation, or indirectly by approval or equally, indifference, there were no degrees of guilt. He advocated complete and utter ABOLITION of slavery.
Do you remember the Sydney Olympics? Since then, we’ve permitted the murder of nearly ONE MILLION unborn Australian children. This is nothing short of another immoral human rights atrocity being perpetuated by the approval and indifference of the vast majority of Australians. It’s time to take responsibility, and be part of a culture change.
John Wesley wrote this encouragement to William Wilberforce, who began a campaign of overwhelmingly unlikely success to abolish slavery.
“February 24, 1791
Unless the Divine Power has raised you us to be as Athanasius contra mundum [which means “you against the whole world“], I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable [“extremely bad“] villainy which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.
Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by that circumstance that a man who has a black skin, being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a “law” in our colonies that the oath of a black against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this?
That he who has guided you from youth up may continue to strengthen you in this and all things, is the prayer of, dear sir,
Your affectionate servant, John Wesley”
Well John Wesley writes to us now as well, regarding God Almighty raising you and I to oppose the modern evil scandal of our faith, country and humanity; in opposition to the whole, self-titled “pro-choice” world. Confident that God has raised us up for this very thing, we are confident we will not be worn out by the opposition of human or spiritual forces. His voice from the past, relevant for ever regarding the abolition of immoral atrocities, encourages us, now, “If God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Don’t get exhausted from doing good! Press on, in the Name of God and in His mighty strength, till every state, even the vilest human abortion laws in Victoria, Australia, shall be abolished.”
He continues, “I am struck particularly by that circumstance that a person who is unborn, being violated and treated with murderous, cold-blooded indifference, can have no choice, no human rights: it being a “law” in our states that the life of the unborn against the choice of an adult counts for nothing. What villainy is this?”
He concludes, “I pray, with great love, that God begins and continues to strengthen you in this endeavour, as in all things.”
It’s time to take responsibility, and be part of a culture change.
Vocal agitation is our obligation, prayerful intercession alone is not enough, although infinitely powerful. Jesus didn’t command us to pray for water, clothes, food, or visitation for “the least of these” who were thirsty, naked, hungry, or lonely. He commanded action, intervention. Social media, letters to editors, votes and democratic political participation – these are all our opportunities to intervene for “the least of these”.
The “40 Days For Life” movement is a peaceful way you can get involved in a city near you. This particular movement is great for people who want to pray, as it is a prayer vigil (for 40 days) outside an abortion clinic for everyone that evil touches – babies, families, and even staff. It’s loving prayer to end abortion and heal lives in your city. I’m proud to be a part of the Brisbane vigil for the first time next February, having just heard of it.
If you need to practice your debating skills, don’t quit! Just do it. The Philtheist’s Facebook page has many such conversations you can participate in, look up and observe. Getting questions you can’t answer is okay, you’ll find the answer and be ready for it next time. What good is salt that has lost it’s flavour, and what use is a light that is not shone into the darkness?
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”