Churchill Dies, January 1965
Yes, I know, this is not earth shattering news. News, by it’s nature, is something that is new. After news has settled, it becomes history. The reason I’m writing on this is that watching A&E’s Biography presentation on Churchill, the reality of his death hit me like a ton of bricks. It isn’t that I didn’t know he was dead. He died when I was 3 1/2 years old. It’s just for the past three years, I have been studying his life, and no where have I read of his ultimate demise. The book, The Last Lion, has only taken me up to when he became prime minister during the war. Since we are waiting on the final edition, the subject of his death has not come up.
I’m also reading Churchill’s own account of the history of World War II. I don’t think he is going to cover his death in that book. Yes, he was an amazing man. But he was not that amazing. In fact, his mortality came through in the end, as it will for all of us. Knowing even this, it was still sad to watch the record of his final days.
He knew that the best he had to offer was all behind him. It was over. He did amazing things in turning back the onslaught of the Nazis. But he could do nothing about the onslaught of old age, the feelings of uselessness, the feelings of being done. I would like to report that he faced death with the confidence of knowing that there was more to life than this one. But I cannot. The only thing about this great man that I have read concerning his belief is that it was reported he said the following: “I am ready to meet my maker, however I’m not sure He is ready for me.” Or something like that.
Still, he was an amazing man. I credit him alone for resisting the onslaught of Hitler and the Nazis. He was the one willing to stand against Hitler. All others capitulated in so many ways. They were afraid of Hitler. They were afraid of war. They were afraid of death. Sadly, those who took such stances, found death. They found enslavement. They found all those things that they feared by giving into the man.
But not Churchill. He courageously fought against Hitler when all others had neither the will to fight, nor the ability. He was willing to do so, whatever the cost. Yes, I know that the United States came to Britain’s aid. But had not Britain said “no” to the tyrant in the first place, the United States would have been sorely pressed to actually beat back the Nazi tide once it reached our shores. Churchill was standing in the way of Hitler’s plans. Had he given in like so many before him, the Soviet Union would have easily collapsed under the blitzkrieg. But because the U.K. gave Hitler two fronts, it weakened his ability to take over the world, and eventually led to his defeat.
Churchill was the man that stood in the way of Hitler. He was willing to fight for freedom, and was able to maintain it.
What is the shame of the United Kingdom is that as a country, they have quit teaching the story of Winston Churchill to their children. Mike’s America shows links to a story that shows those in charge of teaching their school children about Churchill, have deemed him irrelevant. What? Is our world truly mad? I know Churchill had his problems, but how can they do this given that Churchill was voted the Greatest Briton of all time in 2002? How can they do this given that they still speak the King’s English because he was willing to stand for freedom? What fools they are.
I felt the same way while I was in seminary when I realized the great value of John Calvin and his Institutes of Christian Religion. My entire four-year program had just snippet references to Calvin and his theology, yet he is one of Protestants greatest theologian. If any thing, every seminary should start with Augustine and Calvin, and then move on to the dreadful founders of their seminary, instead of the other way around.
But the point is that England should not stop educating their people about Churchill. He was to great a man.
PHOTO: Taken of Joseph on Monday morning… I thought it was an excellent Churchill impersonation.