Prime Minister Winston Churchill stood behind the podium of the House of Commons in on June 4, 1940 and sounded a reality. He said: “Wars are not won by evacuations.” Here is the historical setting of those words. During World War II the fate of France was uncertain and England was under threat of a Nazi Germany onslaught. The English were able to get their troops safely out of France. The news reports celebrated as if they had won the war. Churchill was quick to point out their celebration was premature. He reminded them: Wars are not won by evacuations.
Churchill concluded his speech by calling upon his Englishmen to take their stand against their enemy. The final words of the speech are most famous: “We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, and we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender!” I pray Christians would have that kind of resolve to take stand against the devil and his schemes (Ephesians 6:10-12).