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We Are at War
“Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
President Roosevelt’s words still echo in our nation’s heart. While most of us were not yet born in 1941, the repetition of Roosevelt’s opening statement to Congress has left an indelible imprint on the American soul. We can still hear the cadence of his voice, the measured determination that stirred a nation to action.
The United States was ill prepared for war. In spite of the aggression of Japan in the Pacific and of Germany in Europe, America was indifferent and complacent. A shocking wake-up call came with Pearl Harbor. The nation was at war.
I can understand the pacifists who through accommodation and appeasement kept America out of the Second World War until it was almost too late. Cautious people want peace, not bloodshed. The temptation is always to get along and to go along, even with the most egregious evil.
There is a lesson Christians must learn about the need for spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:10-12 calls us to be prepared for battle:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
There is a spiritual battle going on, and we must never compromise with evil. God calls His people to engage the enemy on every front.
Conflict is never pleasant, but complacency and indifference chart a dangerous course. Our Lord calls us to victory. He does not call us to accommodation with sin.