Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia page:
Amazing Grace is a 2006 U.S.–UK co-production film, directed by Michael Apted, about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led byWilliam Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn"Amazing Grace". The film also recounts the experiences of John Newton as a crewman on a slave ship and subsequent religious conversion, which inspired his writing of the poem later used in the hymn. Newton is portrayed as a major influence on Wilberforce and the abolition movement. -- Link
(note: William Wilberforce is played by Ioan Gruffudd -- he did an awesome job [there's something about men in English frocks that is just so right])
First and foremost, the acting was great. While the movie was placed in the Napoleonic era, it seemed to have that familiar language of the Victorian. Perhaps I simply haven't studied my literature well enough. Anyhow, I enjoyed the dialogue immensely and intend to watch this video again -- the the future. The message of the movie, however, was very touching. As you have read, it focused on the abolishment of slave trade.
I do not think I ever truly understood (or will understand) how important William Wilberforce was in changing history. I feel as if I've touched the tip of the iceberg and now cling tentatively to its slippery siding. Really, think with me, friend, Wilberforce was a mere 28yrs old when he directed the meeting of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of Slave Trade. Twenty-eight years old! That isn't very old at all. And here I am, a young adult -- what have I contributed to my society? What have I contributed to the bettering of society? Have I done anything to stop the suffering of the hungry or the abuse of sex slaves? Have I done anything worth while at all?
In the face of such young power, I feel ridiculed and belittled. I truly am a nobody. God has given me a mind, has He not? Then whatever on earth am I doing sitting here writing fiction that merely appeases the human appetite for a moment?! Why can I not be out in the world doing something that will change this place?
Why are we, young adults, why are we sitting back and letting those around us take control and direct the world in ways we know are wrong? Why do we let politicians and individuals in suits rule the world? There are still things to be fixed, my friend. There are still bridges to be burned and built, lives to be saved, and the Good News to be preached.
I think of what I saw in China, the little boy who had no legs and dragged himself about on a mat, his body covered in filth and grime. The old man with boils and blisters that oozed. The little girl being prostituted by a filthy overseer. The blind woman with stringy grey hair who begged for money. The thief who was shot dead in the middle of the street. The woman on the bike who was run over by a car, yet no one stopped to help her. I think of what I saw in Las Vegas. The strippers and prostitutes, covering their faces in make-up as they hid their shame and torment.
What is it that enables mankind to simply sit back and watch these people without doing anything? What is it that hardens our hearts and muddles our minds, like laudanum? How can we, who look at slavery and say, "Oh what horror!" sit back and entertain ourselves with people who are enslaved? How can we walk by the beggar and the drug-addict with sneers or grimaces when they are the ones who are in chains. They are the ones shackled by the chains of their addictions or circumstances, enslaved to whatever holds them back from becoming respectable individuals, and their souls are being sold to the devil!
We are indeed hypocrites if we applaud the abolishment of slavery, yet allow it to continue under our very noses. We most certainly are hypocrites if we see these slaves every day and do nothing to free them from their bondage.
Will you stop this? Will you stand up for what is right, honourable, noble, and just? Will you stand against slavery, slavery to addiction, pain, entertainment, and sin? Will you join me and stop being the hypocrite who says no to slavery, yet allows it to continue? May God give you strength, my friend. May He alone guide your path and bless you.
Signed with all sincerity,