Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fighting for Justice in our Society

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Fighting for Justice in our Society

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by Stan Moore - 11/15/2012
This year marks the 205th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in England, an achievement due to the tireless efforts of William Wilberforce, a parliamentarian and Christian. His battle against slavery spanned 20 years and he saw victory only three days before his death.
As a new believer in 1784, William Wilberforce, seriously considered leaving politics to better pursue spiritual growth. But ex-slave trader John Newton, a pastor and the writer of Amazing Grace, convinced him that his most important spiritual duty was to stay in the political world and live out his witness. On October 28, 1787, after a conversation with Newton, Wilberforce made a memorable entry in his diary:

“God Almighty has placed before me two great objects: the suppression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation of Manners.”By “manners”, 

Wilberforce was referring to the moral climate of his day. England in the late 1700s was under the influence of a growing movement called The Enlightenment, a worldview that increasingly questioned religious orthodoxy and espoused the intellectualism of science and reasoning. Wilberforce realized that he could not stop the evil of slavery without a fundamental change in the society that supported it. 

His methods of pursuing his goal offer a valuable model for Christians in any era who seek to address the evils of their day and make a major difference in the world. First, it is imperative to know the Biblical and theological basis that motivates the cause. If there is a Biblical teaching at stake, the interpretation of the Bible must be solid and the application legitimate. This will instill a spiritual confidence in the cause and the truth.

Wilberforce knew he could not sustain the battle alone, so he linked up with a support community to pray, work, and struggle together. With the slave trade so essential to the economy, who would have given such a small minority any chance of succeeding against such overwhelming odds? But they were convinced of the rightness and righteousness of their cause and confident they could in time prevail.

Wilberforce also knew he could not get the needed support of political leaders who were afraid of the pressures from those whose economic interests were threatened. So he chose to build a broad base of support by taking his case to the people and developing grassroots support. This could only be done by addressing the larger picture… the overall moral climate that accepted slavery. His plan was to reach the society from the top down as well as from the bottom up using the media of his day. By teaming with artists, poets and writers, he was able to educate the masses through works of art and prose.

Hannah More was one such educator, writer and social reformer writing on abolition and encouraging others to join the anti-slavery movement. In 1788, she wrote ‘Slavery, a Poem’, to coincide with Wilberforce’s parliamentary campaign for abolition.

The poem dramatically described a mistreated, enslaved female separated from her children and it questioned Britain’s role in the slave trade. Short stories and tracks functioned as the “Youtube videos” of the era reaching out to and educating the masses.

Then, as today, the way to reach people was through a powerful story well told, through art that provoked the mind and the spirit. Wilberforce proved the adage, the pen is mightier than the sword, and Laurie Cardoza Moore and the PJTN team are proving it today. The evils of anti-Semitism and Islamofascism seem as unstoppable now as the scourge of slavery once seemed. But in the face of great challenges and in the face of evil, we must rise to confront them. PJTN strives to incorporate not only the spirit of Wilberforce but the methods of his battle as well.

The world thirsts for people who will stare down evil and face seemingly insurmountable challenges with courage and self-sacrifice.  Laurie Cardoza-Moore continues to walk this path with fortitude and faith. Throughout her life, from defending the meek in school, to standing up for the unborn in the legislature, to fighting to defend God’s people, Laurie has always strived to proclaim and stand for justice despite the odds.  As a communicator and man of God, I am continually inspired by her resolve in the face of this great challenge and find myself blessed to work beside her and to walk with her on life’s path.

Stan Moore
MP Films, Inc.

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