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5/8/15 at 05:49 PM 1 Comments

Lessons from 70th Anniversary of End of World War II

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In the UK, there will be celebrations this weekend including a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark 70 years of Victory in Europe (VE) day, the end - on May 8, 1945 - of a threat of looming darkness that gripped the world. Hitler did not seize power but was voted into the highest office leveraging a time of intense dissatisfaction to convince Germans that between imminent economic devastation which could not be arrested, threat of communism and Nazi troopers … it was obviously far safer to lean to the “only strangely overzealous” Nazis. Hitler's Nazi Party became the largest elected party in the German Reichstag, leading to his appointment as chancellor in 1933. No one could foretell the pogrom that was ahead at the time Hitler was cheered as chancellor and as the nightmare unfolded, the entire world only gaped in shock that it was possible for just one man’s rabid vision to go so far. Hitler’s War became the deadliest military conflict in recorded history in absolute terms of total dead, with over 60 million people killed.

David Cameron has just won, on the VE day anniversary, an election victory for the Conservatives, pillaging seats from the coalition partner and confounding the Labor party. Very unlike Winston Churchill, the VE day Prime Minister in his sixties who was raised by destiny to unravel a mysterious destruction, Cameron seems more likeable, spritely intelligent and surefooted but perhaps still to be tested to lead through a comparative country crisis.

Hitler once said “It is not truth that matters, but victory.” … and also said “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”

But Churchill said “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.... Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

Hitler’s formula was to disregard virtue but to study the basest desires of the mob and tune masterfully with all strength and intelligence into it – victory was his god. Churchill confesses he defeated Hitler because of instinct and persistence not intelligence.

David was a man in the Bible with great instincts. He stood like a fool with no patron (not even his brothers) - but only as a dispensable proxy even as the crowd waited for Goliath to extinguish him like a mosquito. And when he was ridiculed, David replied in 1Sa_17:29 And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Where are the men and women who can see a cause and see the God who backs them up as undefeatable? David became a hero but his life was filled with many troubles, yet he gave through thick and thin … through the worst and best of times, a compilation of prose and inspired writings we still use today to defeat the Hitlers bombarding our thoughts, crippling our resolve and threatening to shipwreck our faith. He was called the man after God's heart.

The prevailing culture and worldview continues unabated to taunt and dare the saints like Goliath, mocking scripture and truth. Is there not a cause?

 Christ is coming soon ... Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?

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