Amazing Grace Movie: Thoughts and Questions
by Jacob Juncker
14 My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? 15 Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. 16 What if one of you said, “ Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal! ” ? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? 17 In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.
18 Someone might claim, “ You have faith and I have action. ” But how can I see your faith apart from your actions? Instead, I’ll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action.
James 2:14-18, The Common English Bible. Emphasis added.
William Wilberforce was a man of great character, great conviction and great faith.
To fully grasp the challenge Wilberforce had regarding his battle to abolish the slave trade, a good equivalent for today would be this: imagine leading a crusade, on your own, in Washington, D.C., to shut down the top one hundred corporations in America. Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, GM, Google—all the big ones, shut down for good. That’s what William Wilberforce did. And he did it because of a grand conviction that slavery in and of itself was wrong. He was the man who popularized the truth that slaves are human beings, and therefore should not be oppressed through slavery. Oddly enough, this was a new idea in England in the late 1700s. We’ve come a long way since then, haven’t we? And we have Wilberforce to thank for it. This man was, simply put, a world-changer.
You have the ability to change the world just as Wilberforce did and it begins (and ends) with the decisions you make to invoke positive change. People often want to make a redemptive difference in our society. Given your personal circumstances, how can you effect real change like Wilberforce did some 200 years ago?
Not everyone is called to do something of that magnitude, however we all can do something simple at home, at work, at church, in our communities and, if some choose, in different parts of the world. At the same time, we all need to do something bigger than ourselves to effect real change.
It is estimated that more than 27 million men, women, and children are living in slavery today. Why do you think human trafficking and slavery still exist?
What are some injustices that are socially acceptable today?
What are three active steps you can take to “reform society”?
7 Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. 8 Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.
Galatians 6:7-10, The Common English Bible. Emphasis added.
Materials adapted from resources taken from www.worldchangersresources.com