Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: wilberforce

Can you see what’s wrong?

JUSTICE FOR ALL Learn to do right; seek justice.     Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17   Biblical justice starts by seeing people as God sees them, made in his image, equally loved by him—and treated that way. Following Jesus means to pursue justice […]


Who will be there when you need to be heard?

MENTAL ILLNESS AND BEING HEARD I’ve been reading about William Wilberforce and how he worked to ban the Atlantic Slave Trade. It took years before the British Parliament would listen and abolish the trade. Wouldn’t we all like to have a voice like Wilberforce’s to speak for us when no one wants to listen? Some […]


Wilberforce on ‘Purpose’ – A life worth living, Part 10

  Wilberforce once said, “To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate.” Wilberforce’s purpose was to […]


Voice of the abolition movement – A life worth living, Part 9

  Wilberforce fought without resting, so devoted was he to this cause. From 1789, Wilberforce regularly introduced bills in Parliament to ban the Slave Trade. Those who were making fortunes from the trade fiercely opposed him, using all kinds of delaying tactics. The first time he introduced a bill, he lost the debate by 163 […]


The Transatlantic Slave Trade (1640 – 1807) – A life worth living, Part 8

  Roughly between the years 1640 and 1807, at least 12 million African people were enslaved and taken to the Americas, and at least a third of them were taken in British ships. It is estimated that Britain transported 3.1 million Africans to the British colonies in the Caribbean, North and South America and to […]


William Wilberforce (1759-1833)-A life worth living, Part 7

When you look at the other individuals in this series—people who had a passion to make the world a better place—all believed so strongly in their cause that they let nothing stand in their way. They stayed focused. That’s what it takes to make a difference. It takes persistence, despite repeated obstacles. William Wilberforce had […]


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