Never Give In
"Never, never, never, never, never give in--except to the dictates of conscience and duty" (Winston Churchill, to the boys at his old school Harrow in 1941).
"So what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?" (Romans 8.31, The Message).
Introduction: What we must understand so that we never give up...
In the wake of the terrorist attack our nation endured last Tuesday, our hearts are broken. As we view scenes of carnage and desolate destruction, our anger is kindled. As we see the faces of loved ones lost and the tear-streaked faces of newly fatherless and motherless children, our doubts multiply. Let's just be honest in the house of God today: when such tragedy strikes, our anger and doubt and fear demand to know-- where is God? Why did He let this happen? What will happen to us?
Let's remember that we are not the first people to face adversity and to grapple with fear and doubt. Let's remember that, though fear and doubt can drive us from God, history shows they can reveal Him to us as well. On May 10, 1940 Winston Churchill made his first speech as Prime Minister to the British House of Commons. Britain faced the bloodiest war in her history. Standing virtually alone against Hitler and the coming Nazi holocaust, Churchill responded with these immortal words:
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask what is our policy? ... It is to wage war... with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us... against a monstrous tyranny..."
Soon thereafter the German Luftwaffe attempted to break England's spirit with the bombing blietskrieg on London, devastating the city and killing thousands. Blood, toil, tears and sweat indeed. They felt then as we feel now. In the midst of this carnage, Churchill spoke to t ...
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