The man who wrote the words of “Amazing Grace” was a reformed English slave trader. He wrote the following:
“I am bound in conscience to take shame to myself by a public confession which, however sincere, comes too late to prevent or repair the misery and mischief to which I have formally been an accessory.” (John Newton, 1788)
It’s the most abject, poignant, unvarnished, soul-baring, unsparing, uncowardly and realistic apology uttered by mortal man that I have encountered. The moist evasions drooled through clenched teeth by today’s “men” reek of slobber by comparison. A world in which “I’m sorry that you were offended” is the excuse for so much offense is a sorry world.
If there’s a heaven, I hope John Newton looks down from it. Our misery and mischief are enduring, but his words were an atonement.
(c) 2019 JMN