Amazing Grace – DVD

I received the DVD “Amazing Grace” as my requested Christmas present. I just love this movie because it has so many high quality elements.

It is the true story of a man called William Wilberforce a godly christian who spent his entire life as a member of parliament campaigning tirelessly to abolish the slave trade of African people practiced by British businessman and landowners.

The story is truly inspiring as it describes the passion, perseverance, ingenuity and charisma of a man who suffered constant opposition, ill health and disappointment throughout his life, until he finally fulfilled his vision to abolish the slave trade in Britain via an act of Parliament.

Today many people are fairly cynical about politicians and anything to do with politics.  This is why this movie is such a stark contrast since it shows how a man with godly motives, having little concern for his own well being, truly used his power, wealth, wit and charisma to achieve freedom for this oppressed group.  He also initiated many other social reforms  for the making of a better world.

The film  may at least offer some  hope that perhaps one day other individuals of the same calibre may rise up to do the same –  by using their power and influence to change the world for the better without being totally corrupted by the political process itself.    As the bible says in  Matthew 19:26b  “with God all things are possible”

The film also features the presence of the preacher John Newton, the former chief slave trader who eventually repented of these sins.  As a result he wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.  Hence the title of the film .  The reason he wrote this song was to express the wondrous mercy love and forgiveness that he received from God through Jesus,  for his past sins in the mistreatment of African slaves.   This became an overwhelming and moving spiritual and emotional revelation for his life.

I also love the musical score of the film with it’s full orchestral themes and nuances to create the whole mood and drama of the events.  This makes the film worth seeing as well.

I am also fairly partial to movies set in the old seventeenth eighteenth century settings in England.  I’m  always quite fascinated by english history.  Perhaps because it always conjures up the old english novels I used to devour as a child which succeeded in spurring my imagination to be able to be transported to other worlds.

Every person or christian who has any interest or concern for social justice or the making of a better world must see this movie.

The following are the lyrics to the hymn Amazing Grace which you may choose to meditate on:-

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!

Through  many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­i­ver, 1779)


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