House of Wilberforce
“Surely the principles as well as the practice of Christianity are simple, and lead not to meditation only but to action.” -William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce may be considered one of the most powerful men in England during the 19th century. Addressing the horrors of slavery, this passionate man persisted until his purpose was accomplished. Ultimately, his efforts led to the abolition of slave trade in his country. Christians can learn from his example to passionately war against the strongholds of sin today.
Motto: LIBERTAS (Liberty)
Verse: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Traits: Purposeful. Powerful. Persistent. Passionate.
House Shield Symbols:
Quill–represents the winsome nature of Wilberforce’s passionate rhetoric.
Shackles–represent the purposeful persistence it took to break the sinful patterns of slavery.
Crown–represents the God given power of Wilberforce’s position.
Red, white and blue–the colors of the Union Jack which honor the United Kingdom, his native country
Red–the color of blood, reminds us that blood was spent over slavery and of the great persistent passion of Wilberforce as he continued to fight against slavery until his death
White–the color of purity, represents the purpose of Wilberforce. Not fame, nor glory, but for human life to be honored as sacred because of the Creator’s value of life.
Blue–the color of sadness, reminds us of the despair that Wilberforce went through in his fight against slavery.