Like Wilburforce?Submitted by Wade McShane on Sat, 05/19/2012 - 13:11
A friend of mine is reading a book on Wilbur Wilberforce, and in the review section on Amazon, someone had a description of Wilberforce that sounded very similar to someone else:
"...Unlike many modern "Christian" statesmen and politicans, Wilberforce did not need to couch all his ideas in Christian language, nor did he feel that he had to quote Scripture on the floor of Parliament to make his case, but he was clearly and consciously informed by Scriptural principles in all that he did. He had many opponents who ridiculed his faith and attacked his reforms because of it, but he resisted the temptation to 'demonize' his opponents (again, unlike many today) and instead sought to win them over by integrity, honesty, care...
Belmonte also portrays Wilberforce as a man people just wanted to be around. He could carry on intelligent conversations on almost any topic. He was as home with intellectuals as he was with the working class man. His great gifts were balanced by a genuine humility, knowing that all he had was a gift from God, and all he accomplished was much less than he could have. Belmonte paints a portrait of Wilberforce as a man who you would just want to spend time with..."