Winston Churchill said and did many brilliant things. But his greatest moment came when he decided not to negotiate with Hitler. Edward Halifax, a powerful member of Churchill’s War Cabinet, pleaded for negotiations, fearing that war would lead to Britain’s annihilation. Still, Churchill opted for war, saying, “We shall go on, and we shall fight it out, here or elsewhere, and if at last the long story is to end, it were better it should end, not through surrender, but only when we are rolling senseless on the ground.”*
Historians are unanimous in their agreement that if Churchill hadn’t taken such a strong stand, Hitler would have done a lot more damage. Stopping him exacted a terrible cost, but the cost of not stopping him would have been even greater.
Solomon observed that there is a time for war. (Ecclesiastes 3:8) However, it appears that many Christians wouldn’t recognize it if it waltzed into the living room and stretched out on the sofa. As followers of the Prince of Peace, seekers of inner peace, and fervent promoters of peace on earth and good will toward men, the very idea of a smash mouth confrontation repulses us. Most Christians just want to play nice and have everybody get along.
Still, God says there is a time for war.
Has that time come for you?
Who (or what) is your Hitler? Where is the greatest threat to your soul coming from? And have you chosen to negotiate or fight? God says you have all the firepower you need to be able to win in any spiritual confrontation. (1 John 4:4) But what difference does it make if you never fire a shot?
If spiritual death certificates were issued for the fallen, I fear that many of them would be stamped with the words, “Death by negotiation.”
For further reflection read James 4:7, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, Proverbs 20:18
*Charles McCoy, Jr., Why Didn’t I think of That? (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002), 231