I really like this new album, Burn the Ships. One song is on a loop right now, Fight On, Fighter. If you haven’t listened to it yet, this may be a bit of a spoiler for you. Christian, however, you should know that the Holy Spirit is living inside of you. You are stronger in Christ than you know. You have the power of God available to you to live, really live and serve others.
However, listening to the song reminded me of the great movie, Amazing Grace. William Wilberforce fought against unbelievable odds with his health and politically until slavery was abolished in England. Enjoy this brief letter to Wilberforce from John Wesley written February 24, 1791.
Dear Sir: Unless the divine power has raised you up to be as Athanasius contra mundum*, I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raise you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish before it.
Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by that circumstance that a man who has a black skin, being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a “law” in our colonies that the oath of a black against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this?
That he who has guided you from youth up may continue to strengthen you in this and all things, is the prayer, of dear sir, Your Affectionate servant, John Wesley
Oh, by the way, there’s another song on the album I like titled Never Give Up! In your love of Christ, his call on your life, and in everything you do for His Glory, Never Give Up!
*Athanasius against the world