Amazing GraceWeek 3
This week were trying to turn the corner from historic hagiography to present dayaction. Wilberforces story is inspiring, but matters most as it spurns us to becomeabolitionists in our day the same way Wilberforce was in his.
Luke 22:47-53 47
While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man whowas called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kisshim,
but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should westrike with our swords?"
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest,cutting off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healedhim.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and theelders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come withswords and clubs?
Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did notlay a hand on me. But this is your hour²when darkness reigns."
ave everyone share their name and whether they prefer peanut butterand jelly or peanut butter and honey.Going Deeper1.)
What is one thing that stuck out to you from the film this week? Wasthere any point that you had an emotional reaction? Why?2.)
As a group summarize Foxs argument against abolishing the slavetrade. What were some of his reasons for keeping it in place? Do any of those reason sound like ones youve heard to defend practices in ourday? Explain.
ox has three main points:
irst that they have no evidence of the slaves themselvesobjecting to the slave trade. Second, that he hears slaves in the West Indies havegardens with pigs in them (I think its pigs) and that his constituents in Liverpooldont live that well. Thirdly, slave trade should be kept in place because the peopleof England seem unconcerned with it.Each has obvious problems regarding the Gospel. We use similar arguments whenjustifying low-prices at he expense of sweat shop labor and abused migrant workersas well. You may know of other places as well.