Training for Our Finest Hour

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Dear Providential History Families,

As I sat down to write this post, I noticed on my shelf two books, both written about World War II in England and sitting side-by-side. One, concerning Winston Churchill’s actions in the early days of the war is called Darkest Hour. The other, written by Churchill himself is called Their Finest Hour.

I’m reminded that perspective is everything.

How could Churchill see this devastating time as England’s “finest” hour? Because he was convinced that they were engaged in a struggle against true forces of evil, that he had been born “for such a time as this” and that the ideas that Hitler and the authoritarian Axis powers sought to destroy were worth fighting (and even dying) for.

We too find ourselves in a battle today….a battle against deadly ideas, a battle to preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage, a battle to defend traditional Creator-granted liberties and the rule of law. There's never been a time when it's more crucial to know our own history, to understand the biblical roots of liberty, law, representation, property and self-government . . . and to understand God's sovereignty over it all. It's His- Story! . . . and His-Story is captivating.

It's full of heroes and villains, valor in defeat, sin and suffering, pivotal battles, miraculous providences and amazing stories of how God has been accomplishing His plan through men and nations since the beginning of time. . . and we’re commanded to both remember and teach these things to our children:

“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God . . . that they should not be like their fathers, (who) armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle. . . . they forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.” Psalm 78: 4-11

Did you catch that? We “remember” so that we might “stand firm in the day of battle,” trusting God. We recount his faithfulness over the centuries to remind ourselves that He is the same God yesterday, today and forever. The study of these subjects is vital preparation for the cultural revolution that faces us today.

However, what appears to be a “dark” hour may yet be our “finest” hour as we are humbled, learning more and more to trust God and to be obedient to what He shows us. It is not lost on me…..and I trust not lost on you that right now, it’s critical to:

1. know our history and the “mighty works of God” throughout the centuries, building strong

confidence in Him

2. be encouraged by seeing God’s faithfulness from generation to generation

3. understand that “government” doesn’t just mean “civil” and that the individual, the family and the

church are all legitimate, biblical “spheres” of government with vital jurisdictions and authority that

must be protected

4. affirm that the Bible really does have truths that apply to every area of life, including civil


5. learn the “big ideas” of civil government like “the king is under the law,” “legitimate governments