We look to the life of Wilberforce, not because he was perfect. But, because he has shown us how to make a change for the good. He is not a spiritual hero, per se, but as one who was able to transition from a life of privilege to lead a life of political activism that made a better world for those enslaved and many of the poor and at risk people in the Britain of his day.
We thank God for those who lead by example and endeavor to incorporate their virtues and ways of just peace.
To be sure, this is not about doing something as a way of feeling better about ourselves that we may once again vanish into ignorance and mediocrity. It is about make the correct change in the world for the people who are, and have been oppressed, assaulted, murdered, and discriminated against by white privilege and the bias, practice, and continuing injustices of the status quo and are daily reinforced and protected by legislation and our support of leadership that underscores a corrupt legacy of white, male, wealthy, powerful, controlling, manipulating, indoctrinating government and society.