February 18, 2020, 9:01 AM

Frederick Douglass - Thought for the Week, 2/18/2020

This week, the Christian Church celebrates the legacy of Frederick Douglass. Douglass is remembered as a social reformer who devoted much of his energy to the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. He knew the institution of slavery intimately, having been born an enslaved person in 1818. Douglass taught himself to read – itself an illegal act – by studying the Bible. When he became a Christian at age 14, he was further inspired to seek liberation for himself and all enslaved persons. Douglass’ Christian faith compelled him to escape the institution of slavery and dedicate the rest of his life to the cause of abolition. What does our Christian faith compel us to believe and do for the sake of the freedom of all people?

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