Friday, March 30, 2007
Amazing Grace is a movie with passion. And lots of it. William Wilberforce struggled for many years to get his bill passed to abolish the slave trade. The story was compelling and the acting was FANTASTIC. That is unfortunately not often the case with inspirational films, but this one was top notch in many ways. The particulars of the slave trade weren't graphic (pictorially) when it came to the facts, but they described much of the horrific details of slavery while arguing in the House of Commons. They were quite compelling arguments.
The take away from this movie was powerful in that it showed how fighting for what you believe in is ALWAYS worth it even if it takes a long time to win. Friendships are bonded in difficult times and people may resist someone with strong convictions, but in the end they admire someone with the guts to stand up and fight for what is morally right. Never give up. Oh, and behind every great man is a supportive woman. (I loved that thread of the story.)
Children have really lost a sense of conviction these days, which comes from not being taught about the historical accounts of Christians making a moral difference in society. I encourage everyone to not only see the film, but take your children to see it as well. Unlike many films regarding slavery, there are no disturbing images. But there is a strong message of faith and the love of Christ, which is not diluted in any way. Highly recommended!