Pre WWII, England was dreading the idea of ANOTHER long, destructive and costly war. They knew what it meant as they had JUST begun to recover from the LAST one and no one was anxious to relive it. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, calling it "peace in our time," made an attempt to appease Adolf Hitler. History has shown it to be a horrible strategic error.
One of my heroes Winston Churchill as a parliamentarian said to Chamberlain:
"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.”
And what a war they had. Churchill soon became the Prime Minister and realized that his people were in for what were sure to be tough years.
"By early 1939 there was concern that the next war would be a 'war of nerves' involving the civilian population, and that the government would need to go further than ever before with every means of publicity utilized and coordinated as it fought against a well-funded and established Nazi machine"
A leader... Churchill rose to the occasion. And the people rose with him.
The famed British Ministry of Information covered the land with what they identified to be keys to the role of the civilian, not only to be able to survive the coming physical onslaught, but also to be able to be in the right frame of mind to continue living a life of freedom POST war. This was their strategic message:
Only the 2 posters on the right ACTUALLY made it into circulation with the most famous one, "Keep Calm and Carry On," being discovered undistributed many years later. The woman who became know as "The Queen Mum", Elizabeth wife of King George VI, embodied these principles better than anyone. September 7th 1940: German bombs killed about one thousand civilians, mostly in the East End of London. On September 13th 1940 the King and Queen narrowly avoided death when two German bombs exploded in a courtyard at Buckingham Palace while they were there. In defiance, the Queen famously declared:
"I am glad we have been bombed. It makes me feel we can look the East End in the face.”
She stayed calm and carried on with unshakable resolve. During the war, her seemingly indomitable spirit provided moral support to the British public. Hitler described her as "the most dangerous woman in Europe” because of her attitude. She remained loved until her death in 2002.
Nobody LIKES hard times. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings when Frodo Baggins, who was tasked with a life of hard times, was at his lowest... he had this powerful exchange with the very wise and calm Gandalf.
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us
David lived an extraordinary life. During much of his era of writing, he was being harassed by King Saul. The beautiful Psalm 27 was written in the context of war. More of a manhunt really. And David's attitude speaks so highly about why he was successful both in the moment of trial and subsequently in the future.
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me,my heart will not fear;though war break out against me,even then will I be confident
In verse 9 David states that God HAS been his helper in the past. He cites past instances where he's already seen God do amazing things. He also declares and believes (v2) that his enemies WILL fail in their attempts to get him. Our struggle isn't against other men. Even when it IS it ISN'T. Ephesians 6:12 assures us that the struggle is a spiritual/attitude thing. Our job is to find truth... and contend for it.
We spend a lot more time talking about the devil than Jesus ever did. He just called Him a liar and sent him away. Game over— Bob Goff (@bobgoff) March 9, 2012
Our job is the same as Churchill's was. It's the same as David's was. Our job is find truth and live it... and to Keep Calm and Carry On allowing God to do the amazing things He loves to do.