"They go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent . . . Owing to past neglect, in face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger. The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences . . . We cannot avoid this period, we are in it now . . ."
These words were spoken by Winston Churchill in 1936 about people in the west looking at the rise of National Socialism in Germany. They could well be words spoken today about the church in North America. Churchill was right about the west in 1936. And his words are right for the church today. It would behoove all of us to take them seriously.