By Dave Hanson
There was never any doubt in John Wesley’s mind about the evil of slavery. As he understood the gospel of Jesus Christ, he also understood its application toward justice for all. He said in his last letter, written just before his death to William Wilberforce who was fighting slavery in England, “Unless the divine Power has raised you up ... I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that villainy, which is the scandal of religion, of England and of human nature ... O be not weary in well-doing. Go on in the name of God and in the power of His might till even American slavery, the vilest that ever saw the sun, shall vanish away before it.”
Slavery still exists today. Pray for those who are fighting this evil around the world.
If you would like to read John Wesley’s book on the evils of slavery, you can find a copy in the Arthur J. Moore Museum at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. However, be sure to bring a magnifying glass because the book is only three inches square.