To learn more about William Wilberforce and the end of the British slave trade, read this introduction from Eric Metaxas or this summary from C. Ben Mitchell.
30 Days through Church History: Day 24
I am currently reading a book about the Civil war and evangelical Christians were definitely for slavery, at least in the South. And remind mwe why the Southern Baptists were created.
That's certainly and sadly true---though the abolitionist movement in the North was driven largely by churches and certainly by Christian principles through and through. The Southern situation was a clear example of how the church can allow culture to shape theology in ways that are detrimental both to the church's faithfulness and to human thriving.
Our sermon last week was, in part, about recognizing where we are being absorbed by culture. Wilberforce was a means of grace to the culture in which he lived; may we all be salt and light in ours as well as we abide in Him!