William Wilberforce was 27 when he looked around at his world (18th century) and he saw this terrible evil of slavery. We all know now that slavery is evil, but at the time they didn’t think of it like that. Very few people thought it was a good thing to abolish slavery. But he saw how inhuman it was, how degrading it was, what an abomination it was, and he was determined and gave his life to see this terrible evil removed from our society.
And in order to do that, he got himself elected as an MP; he put down numerous Bills in Parliament. They were all defeated – it was such an unpopular course. But he was so passionate that he kept going, driven by his faith in Jesus Christ. And he believed, to put it in his own words, ‘that the Almighty would give him success’. And he did. But it took him forty-five years. It wasn’t until 1833 that the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed in Parliament. Three days later he died, and was buried in Westminster Abbey in national recognition of those forty-five years of persevering struggle on behalf of African slaves.