Amazing Grace, Amazing Hypocrisy

More from February’s Christianity magazine: there is a pungent editorial by John Buckeridge about the forthcoming film Amazing Grace about the life of William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. The magazine carries a big feature about how churches may use the movie to interact with their local communities. But Buckeridge’s editorial raises an uncomfortable point: the backer of the film is Philip Anschutz, the American Christian who wants to buy London’s Millennium Dome and turn it into a super-casino. Buckeridge says,

Doubly curious then that Mr Anshutz should fund a film about a man who opposed all forms of slavery and who rejected gambling – while funding another project that threatens to corrupt and enslave thousands.

It made me think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 23:29-39. Is Anschutz making this film a tomb for a prophet and a decorated grave for a righteous man? If not, then what is he doing?

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