This is definitely one of my top ten favorite movies of all time — and not just because of my deep, unexplained affinity for bagpipes.
It stars Ioan Gruffudd, whom you might recognize from the Fantastic Four movies or that British TV series about Horatio Hornblower.
It also has Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who became insanely popular almost overnight when BBC started broadcasting Sherlock Holmes.
The film does a very nice job of weaving John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” poem with the storyline of ending slavery. I really just love this movie. Every human being should see it at least once.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I will never forgive Benedict Cumberbatch if he names his firstborn child anything other than the letter “Q.”
“In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much what we have done or where we have been, but much more where we are willing to go.” – Edward Dube
I love the question William Pitt poses to William Wilberforce, who at the time was thinking of leaving government to become some sort of minister: “Do you intend to use your beautiful voice to praise the Lord or change the world?”
Our Father in Heaven doesn’t want or expect all of His children to be full-time ministers — He expects us to multiply our talents, mastering our unique gifts and utilizing our specific spheres of influence to drive society to a nobler, more righteous standard of living.
But it takes faith to be strong like William Wilberforce.
It takes faith in Jesus Christ to know that your efforts aren’t for nothing, that the principles by which you live your life and the principles which you know can bring happiness to others are indeed true, and that because of Him there is life after death which means there is purpose to life now.
There is no question that as prisoners of Jesus Christ we are saved by grace, but as Paul said, it is by faith that we access God’s grace and we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And those who truly do have faith in Jesus Christ use the enabling power of His grace to reconcile themselves to the will of Jesus Christ, repenting and exercising their faith in Jesus Christ, and living and becoming more like Jesus Christ.
“My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” – Ether 12:27