Abolitionist History Matters
The story of William Lloyd Garrison is inspiring to Christian conservatives even today.
During election season, leftists pull out all their emotional tactics — calling Christian conservatives racists, money hoarders, fascists, anti-immigrant xenophobes, intolerant bigots, and anti-American loons. I would like to silence their provocations by revisiting true history in light of the current revisionist history being propagated in our country. Looking back, we can see the true historical race relations in America and how Christian conservative principles were viewed in the past.
During a time in America when slaves were the single financial asset in the entire American economy worth more than all manufacturing, steamship lines, railroads, and other transportation systems put together, William Lloyd Garrison was born in 1805 in Massachusetts.
The son of a drunken seaman, Garrison was instilled with a deep faith in Christ by his mother. She would later, however, abandon him in search of work for lengths of time. He became a Christian Abolitionist who spoke boldly against slavery to the point of his life being threatened; he was often called a “Nigger Lover.” A bounty of several thousand dollars was even put on his head by the federal government due to his speaking truth to power. In 1831, he published the first Anti-Slavery Newspaper called The Liberator. These are the first words William Lloyd Garrison spoke in his anti-slavery newspaper speaking to the urgency of abolishing slavery:
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.
Without the role of the Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and others like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Angelina Gremke, the buildup to the Civil War would not have occurred. Slave owners would have turned the entire United States into slave country. This is what the Democrat-controlled southern states wanted.
With the exception of a few vigilantes, it was Christian white and black men and women who fought to end slavery! God’s people stood up! Revisionist history only sees the times through the lens of skin color. However, true American history deals with race relations through the eyes of God’s people seeking to do His will. William Lloyd Garrison was antagonized by those who looked like him, but he was embraced by those who thought like him.