The Most Hated Man of his Time

“Is there not a cause?”

These are the words of a young shepherd boy, David (1 Samuel 17:29).slave-auction-virginia

His attitude was, someone has to do something about this “giant of a problem” (Goliath), so why not me?

In 1805, a man named William Lloyd Garrison was born.

As he grew into manhood, he saw something he did not like. It was slavery. He denounced it, and vowed to bring it to an end. People laughed and sneered at Garrison, calling him a fool.

Slavery had become a great mountain in human history, an ancient, firmly planted institution, existing from the dawn of civilization. In America, it was also firmly established. In 1835, the governor of South Carolina declared, “Slavery is the cornerstone of our Republican edifice. Destroy slavery, and you destroy all progress.”

Even in the North, the same belief prevailed.

A professor of Yale University said, “If Jesus Christ were now on earth, He would, under circumstances, be a slave owner.” Sadly, the law honored it, the Church blessed it, business profited from it, and the nation accepted and practiced it.

It was “a giant of an injustice.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”Garrison, though, vowed, with his faith in God, to end it. He said, “I trust in God, that I may be his humble instrument of breaking at least one chain.”

He became the most hated man of his time. While people laughed, sneered, booed, and resisted, he continued, and refused to be deterred. Blow after blow fell from his hammer of willpower, until a crack began to show in this huge mountain of human atrocity.

It took much time, but the thrilling fact is that just fifty-eight years after Garrison was born, human slavery was outlawed forever in the United States of America.1

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”.
(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). 2

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References:

  1. Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, New York, Copyright 1938, pp. 18 – 20.
  2. www.nsvrc.org/blog/bystander/3427