Went to see the film Amazing Grace last night. It had followed a meeting of the Anglican District of Virginia where we met the new bishop for the ADV, the Rt. Rev. David Benna, retired Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and now a BIshop in CANA. It was a great afternoon of sharing and catching up and touching base with everyone.
So followed up that meeting with my first viewing of the film, Amazing Grace. It was extraordinary. I had heard that the filmmakers had downplayed Wilberforce's strong evangelical and orthodox faith - so was surprised to see how much was still in. What a change from the usual wink and nod sarcasm and satire of evangelicals in film. This was completely different - this was a committed Christian, who believed in having a personal relationship with the Lord and who translated that faith into politics. It was also inspiring - there is a great moment when Wilberforce brings up his bill to abolish the slavetrade yet again and the opposing forces call for "study" - perhaps so that they can engage in some listening process until they wear Wilberforce down. Some thing just don't change.
It's an extraordinary film. You can read more about it here.
It's also a great family film - and I was also surprised to see that the showing I went to was as good as sold out. The word is out. Drop what you're doing, change your plans, and go see it. Albert Finney as John Newton alone is worth the price of a ticket. I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see.
Here's a preview:
Here's Richard Kew's review here.
"I know only two things, that I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior."