Of course, it's considered to be the height of political incorrectness to suggest that any good could have come out of slavery—let alone to give credit to the Savior. It's far better to wallow in the status of victim. But not only does that ignore the lessons of history, it also ignores the power of redemption and leaves us powerless in the face of today's crises.
Call us here at BreakPoint (1-877-3-CALLBP), and ask for a copy of the president's magnificent, eloquent speech on Goree Island.
The heart of any good narrative is redemption, and this story is filled with redemption and hope. It's the heart of the story of the Exodus, of the Babylonian captivity, of the cross, and of African slavery. And the reason it's the heart of a good narrative—as the president so well knows—is because it is the heart of the Gospel.
For further reading and information:
"President Bush Speaks at Goree Island in Senegal," White House Office of the Press Secretary, 8 July 2003.
"Dr. Condoleeza Rice Discusses the President's Trip to Africa," The James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 3 July 2003.
Richard W. Stevenson, "Bush Opens Africa Trip with Denunciation of Slavery," New York Times, 9 July 2003. (Free registration required.)
Dana Milbank, "A Somber Bush Tours Slave Depot," Washington Post, 9 July 2003, A01.
Bill Sammon, "In Senegal, Bush denounces legacy of slavery," Washington Times, 9 July 2003.
Tom Raum, "Bush Condemns U.S. Slavery Past in Africa," Associated Press, 8 July 2003.
Kevin Belmonte, Hero for Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce (NavPress, 2002).
"Hero for Humanity"—In this "BreakPoint This Week" special broadcast, managing editor Jim Tonkowich speaks with Kevin Belmonte, a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum and author of Hero for Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce. Belmonte discusses the life of William Wilberforce, whose faith led him in his fight against slavery—witnessing its abolition before he died.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030224, "'Follow the Lord Jesus': Black History Month."
Steven Garber, "Good Books, Bad Books: Windows into the Human Heart," BreakPoint WorldView, January/February 2003.