The Struggle for Survival

Churchill: Taken From the Diaries of Lord Moran

In the winter months I generally choose a book to sink into and really absorb. This winter I read a condensed version of The Diaries of Lord Moran. It is a book about Winston Churchill written by his doctor and close friend. It records the incredible events of World War II from the perspective of this renowned British Prime Minister. The free world is in a “struggle for survival” against the Axis powers, and this book recounts the Allied victory and Churchill’s life until the mid-1960s. I found a number of points of application from this book to the Christian life:

First, a very real battle rages. World War II was not fiction, it was real. There were real casualties, real governments, real battles, and real victories. There were identifiable territories that were under control of either the Axis or the Allied powers. The same is true of the Christian life; however, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Do not think you are exempt from such battle. It is not IF you engage, but how you engage for the glory of God.

Second, our adversary is powerful and threatening. The Axis powers were not fiction or fantasy, rather, they really did exercise domination over a significant portion of the world. The German military controlled much of Europe, and the Japanese forces controlled much of Asia. One of the worst mistakes one can make in war (or in any contest) is to underestimate one’s opponent. In the Christian life, we realize that our adversary prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. We do not underestimate our foe!

Third, human life and health is fragile. At the height of the war, the English government assigned a doctor to give regular and ongoing personal attention to Winston Churchill. His health was indeed fragile and the demands made upon him were great. There were many times Churchill pushed himself beyond appropriate boundaries, and even placed himself in harm’s way. Churchill’s health was of vital importance not only to himself, but also to the Allied cause. And this leads to the fourth point…

Fourth, one person may be vital. Winston Churchill inspired the free world with his courage against the Axis powers. He was a leader of the highest caliber and his life was vitally important to the Allies. Yes, much attention was given to Winston Churchill so he could faithfully discharge his duties. And yes, not many of us will appear to be as important in our world as was Winston Churchill in the times of World War II. Even so, every human being is important to God, made in the image of God, and an ambassador of Jesus Christ. Never underestimate the power of one person in the hands of God.

Fifth, the outcome is sure. I read this book many decades after the conclusion of World War II. From the standpoint of history, we all know about the demise of the German and Japanese forces, and the victory of the Allies. This may serve as a reminder and an encouragement that the battle has already been won in the Christian life, and it has been won by Jesus Christ. He conquered triumphantly over the powers of sin, hell and death in his resurrection from the dead. This is what we celebrate on Easter, and this is what we see at the end of the Bible and in the book of Revelation. Take heart, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you are on the winning side. Come celebrate His victory with us this Easter!

Yours, Pastor Jeff