Japanese advances in Southeast Asia in early 1942 resulted in equivalent Allied retreats. As each territory fell to the invaders radio messages from European capitals sounded less helpful for their nationals in the Far East.
Hong Kong fell. The Malay Peninsula fell. Singapore, gasp, fell. Borneo fell. Home offices in Europe couldn’t defend their nationals. They could only bid them good-bye and to be of “good cheer”. They could only say how sorry they were that they couldn’t help. They could only order them to destroy all resources, to resist passively, to remain at their posts, to refuse co-operation. They could only bid them Godspeed. Three Came Home, 27
How sad to be so helpless as a government. To fail in government’s primary responsibility of protecting its people. “We’ve reached the end of our authority; don’t look to us for help; do the best you can on your own.”
Christians read Matthew 28:16-20 and Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ has ALL AUTHORITY over HEAVEN and EARTH...no limit, no concessions, no exceptions.... Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever!
Christians never fear that the HOME OFFICE must radio or e-mail or text or phone that it can no longer help us serve. That its resources have diminished. That its power has vanished before enemies too great to resist. That we must retreat before Satan and take refuge in our worship services and Bible studies.
Up-and-Atom, Christians. The One who is in us overcomes all powers against us. Never fear; Jesus is near. Never dread; Jesus Lives and empowers his people. Amen.