Remember…God made men equal
In the movie Amazing Grace John Newton declares to William Wilberforce, “God sometimes does his work with a gentle drizzle.” Sometimes our efforts can seem so insignificant in the face of the 27 million children and adults that are still being exploited around the world in slavery, and the 22,000 children who die each day due to poverty. However, I am a great believer in that if we can just change even one life, there is great power in this.
What an inspiring story of a political activist who fought for 15 years to abolish slavery in the British Empire in the 18th Century. William fought to speak for those who cannot speak, to make the blind see, and to lead a movement that would change the world. What a wonderful social justice story, and one of great persistence and faith.
My favourite quote of William Wilberforce in this movie is when speaking to the aristocrats of the day, he said “Remember…God made men equal”.
JoJoRock exists to raise money for Compassion through his music. We have taught JoJo from a very young age that children born into poverty are just as important and valuable as he is. They deserve to be healthy, clothed, fed, and happy too. We desire to raise our children in a home where they hear, see, and understand by our example that it takes perseverance and determination to make a difference in the world. Just as William Wilberforce was passionate and changed the world for good…I thank God my 8 year old is doing this at such a young age.
Whilst still young, Wilberforce’s friend Billy told him of his endeavor to become Prime Minister. This conversation followed:
Wilberforce: Billy, no-one of our age has ever taken power.
Billy: Which is why we are too young to realize that certain things are impossible…so people do them anyway.
A few years later, Billy became Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Our Pastor said to me last week as she put her hand on JoJo’s head “He can change the world”. In reply I said “He believes he is going to”. Why? He is “too young to realize that certain things are impossible”….so he will do it anyway!
I spend many hours pondering the questions….”Why them and not me? Why I was I born into a rich western country instead of a poor third world country?”. It could have so easily been me that was born into their brokenness. Never having found the answer to this question, our family have committed ourselves to using our talents and gifts to end poverty in the world one life at a time. We do this by sponsoring children through Compassion.