Thursday, February 15, 2007

Nicky Gumbel on William Wilberforce

Nicky Gumbel - Minister of Holy Trinity, Brompton, London

William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833) - died 3 days after Slavery was finally abolished in Parliament.

We arrived back home in Solihull tonight (Thursday) after a short break in Devon and Cornwall.

It was great to have a bit of a rest and to see friends and family in a lovely part of England. Shame the weather was typically English (much water from the heavens) apart from one day when the sun shone in Plymouth.

Last Sunday Annie and I visited Holy Trinity Brompton in London to hear a wonderful sermon from Nicky Gumbel.

Nicky told us that 2007 is the 200th anniversary of the abolition (1807) of Slave Trade which was largely achieved through the life long and tireless work of a great Briton - William Wilberforce.

Nicky opened his talk with a story that puts the importance of William Wilberforce into perspective. The Archbishop of Canterbury was asked who he felt was the greatest British person of the last one thousand years and the Archbishop replied without hesitating – William Wilberforce

Hearing Nicky talk about Wilberforce made me look up more information about Wilberforce and it seems he was indeed a great man who dedicated his life to abolition of slavery. It seems he could have been Prime Minister but Wilberforce refused to consider that because he wanted to continue the fight for the abolition of slavery.

We have much to thank Wilberforce for as we have moved from that barbaric practice to a modern life. It was therefore surprising to learn from Nicky that slavery is still very much a problem in the year 2007.

1 comment:

David said...

Wilberforce was a great man. I am thrilled Gumble preached about him. How easily forget the lessons of our own histories. Wilberforce was a Christian who literally GAVE HIS LIFE to fight for Godly principles to be enshrined in our constitutions. How we need more Wilberforces today! David