“I avow my firm persuasion that to the decline of religion and morality our national difficulties must both directly and indirectly be chiefly ascribed; and that my only solid hopes for the well being of my country depend, not so much on her fleets and armies, not so much on the wisdom of her rulers, as on the persuasion, that she still contains many, who love and obey the Gospel of Christ; that their intercessions may yet prevail; that for the sake of these, heaven may still look upon us with an eye of favour.” William Wilberforce
If you think this is a run-on sentence, check out the title of his book: A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity
But don’t dismiss it for its length and old language. Wilberforce was the Parliamentarian at the head of the movement to eradicate the slave trade in the English Empire. He was brilliant, absolutely in love with Jesus, and impeccably moral. Oh, and a politician! Seems oxymoronic, I know.
Anyway here’s my Reader’s Digest Version of the quote:
Our country (in his case, England) is in trouble, and our weak Christianity is partially to blame. Nevertheless, there is a critical mass of authentic believers whose lives and prayers are noticed in heaven and may well initiate the necessary changes required to save us all!
Have you read my book and posted a review of it on Amazon yet? It won’t save America, but it may be blessing to you and, since the profits go to support the abolition of another form of slavery, human trafficking, it may save some women and girls from the toxicity of sexual exploitation.