We just came home from watching the movie Amazing Grace. Basically, it's the story of William Wilberforce's efforts to abolish the slave trade in the British empire.
You need to go see this movie. I can recommend it without reservation. Go! It's inspiring, moving and beautiful.
Krista and I talked about the movie on the way home and we had a lot of similar thoughts. We were both struck by the power of a "call" in Wilberforce's life, and by the way he stood up for justice and human dignity at any cost. We left the theatre eager to be part of changing the world for the better, and certain that the task is achievable.
In that sense, it's more than a simple entertainment. It was, in fact, entertaining, and we laughed at parts, I had chills once and yes, I cried, too. It was an uplifting and powerful reminder of the power of God in human lives to effect positive change in human society.
So, please accept my highest recommendation that you go see this movie. Take a friend. Take off work and make an office party of it. It's well worth your time.
And, if you would like to be part of the modern day efforts to crush the slave trade once and for all, check out The Amazing Change website.