William Wilberforce changed the world with his work on getting the slave trade abolished in the United Kingdom in 1807. This work almost never happened because of the siren call of the world, which lured him to the lifestyle of high society, and then later through the fearful cry of the world, which nearly had him fleeing its corruption. But the grace of Christ prevailed and enabled Wilberforce to stay in Parliament and apply his many talents, wealth, connections, and efforts to change the world. Wilberforce, in this regard, shows us a more modern Daniel.
3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. (ESV)