In the first 50 years of the 20th century, a dark age descended on to the world. Civilization is plunged into the Great Depression and two World Wars. Historian John Keegan noted that after World War I, there were 29 democracies. By the middle of World War II, there were only 12 left. The first half of the 20th century is characterized by death, destruction and devastation.
The first 50 years of the 20th century was also dominated by 5 men – Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.
3 were tyrants.
The other 2 saved the world from them.
For every evil man in power, God matched with an equally good man in leadership.
For every Pharaoh, there is a Moses.
For every Saul, there is a David.
For every Ahab, there is an Elijah.
For every Haman, there is an Esther.
For every Judas, there is a John.
So if you see evil people rising around you and wonder, “Where are the good men?” – look at the man in the mirror.
For every ungodly person, there is a “you”.
Sometimes while we are waiting for God, God is waiting for us.
The lyrics of Matthew West’s song “Do something” is enlightening.
“Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, ‘I did, I created you’”
Boom! That’s the brutal truth.
In our classroom, office, family, society and even church, God created you and I to do something!
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”
– Edmund Burke
The world is not waiting for the Avengers to save them.
The world is waiting for a few good and godly men and women to do something.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Hitler’s Luftwaffe was trying to bomb London into submission. The heroic pilots of the RAF rose up and soared into the air in righteous defiance. In a speech during the Battle of Britain, Churchill said: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Ever since, the pilots who fought in this epic battle against evil have been known as “The Few”.
Christians, let’s rise up and be counted among “The Few”.