The abolitionists did a good work?

He that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.

I had just completed viewing the movie – AMAZING GRACE and I couldn’t but think about the countless number of times Christians sing the hymn without knowing it’s history. It’s a song borne in the deep throes of slavery; a song also of bravery; and importantly, a song of surrender to God.

I’d write a recommendation blog post for the movie soon. It’s a true life story.

Wilberforce surrendered to God. ‘Old man’ did too.
The movie inspires the viewer to be better. To do better. To be brave, to fight for the voiceless around them. Most of all, to GIVE for causes worth giving for. I moved to shut down my laptop so I can work on rearranging my books, then I saw my screensaver. On it was displayed a scripture passage. This:

Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering.” Matthew 12:30.

The great feat accomplished in that movie as regards slave trade was only on account of Wilberforce’s partnership with God.

I once read a book on the abolition of slave trade which has some reflection in that regard. So then when you read of it all, know that some of those who played vital roles did that when they chose to ‘gather’ with God.

No matter what I do friends, no matter what it is, once I do it in my own strength, once I don’t do it with God (even if I’m not deliberately out against him), what I really am doing is against him. If I don’t gather with him, what I’m doing is scattering.

Scattering. I can advocate a million times on this blog for right living in hopes that somehow I’m changing one person’s mind-set, of which if just one person gets changed all of the time I put up a post, we may indeed discover we have a better world. But then, if I advocate for right manners, human compassion, loving, human rights, all outside of the one in whom all things consist, I’m scattering.

Scattering. If I speak the tongues of a thousand angels and have not love I’m like a clanging cymbal*.
Love. What is love? Is it speaking up against slave trade? Talking about genocide?
GOD IS LOVE. His will is that all these things which I want to stop, stop. But if I advocate for all these things(synonymous with having the tongue of angels) without God who is love, it equals to ”clanging cymbal”. And how I’d hate for this blog to be just another source of noise. Screeching, grating, awful noise to the hears of the God of all flesh. Just a clanging cymbal in the grand scheme of things.

Friends, clothe yourself with compassion and seek to be a better person, but any betterment you aim for outside of Christ; you’re scattering the very things he’s gathering. Otherwise put, you’re doing the reverse of your good works because all he does, are good works, and all he’s ever done before you were conceived is good works.

My submission: let everything you do be in him. What does that mean? Let him be the boss of you. If he says no concerning decision A, it’s no. If he says yes to decision B, it’s yes. To know for sure what he says no to and what he says yes to, you need to study the scriptures.

I, for one, am not out to scatter. Nor to be another source of noise. I’m out for real change, and that through this blog.
I pray none of my blog readers, scatters. Lets gather with him. Team up with him. Follow him.
Let’s continually affirm that ”Jesus, you’re the boss”.

*1 Corinthians 13:1. AMP
If I can speak in the tongues of men and even of angels, but have not love(that reasoning, intentional, spiritual, devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

With great love,

Debby.

What do you think? Ever read about the abolition? P.S I reviewed a book on slavery in Africa here.

6 Comments

  1. True. That’s scripture about gathering and scattering caught m the first time I encountered it. It was in church and my pastor preached about how if you were not with God on a thing, however neutral you think you are, you are actually against him; scattering his work.

    I have only vague memories of the movie -Amazing Grace.

    But with recent reads on slave trade, I’ve come to see the depth of evils slave trade held.

    I pray someone gets changed by your blog . With every new post.

    Well done Deb!

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  2. Hmmm….It raises some interesting questions though.

    Did they actually do “good works” if, as many of the abolitionist leadership did, did those works for pragmatic rather than moral reasons? Is it “gathering” when you want slavery abolished universally because your people / constituencies / donors feel that their businesses can’t compete with slave labor or that the use of slave labor in colonies ends up giving too much power to those colonial governors who are your competitors?

    Did ending slavery actually result in a net good? Are those that would be enslaved actually better off in a measurable way as free men and women? Would it have been better to regulate and codify slavery, possibly into a form that closer matched the slavery that present in Biblical times – which bore little resemblance to the insane way it was practiced in the 17th – 19th centuries in Europe and American.

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    1. Hii. Thanks for taking time to stop by.
      You raised the issue of motive. That’s it though, you never can tell the motive a person has for carrying out certain acts.
      As far as this goes though, it’s certainly worked out for good. I know colonies were jealous of each other but I take it as confusion among the enemy’s camp to warrant your own freedom (the slaves).

      The question of if those that would be enslaved are actually better off free, my answer is why not? No human being owns another nor should assume lordship over another.
      Truth is vices keep rearing up in different forms. The prevalent slavery at that time is over (though you’re probably aware of the recent discovery of slave trade in Liberia), however human mind left uncensored is innately evil.

      There was no need to codify slavery as such an act would still be a terrible misappropriation of historical facts.

      My post is simply to say whatever great great work you may have done in your generation, when done outside of Christ, something is terribly lacking.

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