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Moments in History 108

Recognizing seasons, times, phases, trends of history and how they impact us for the long term
Michel von Allmen
January 16, 2016

In today's world we need men and women of excellence and of destiny who will have the revelation, the wisdom, the understanding, the strength, the character and  ability to speak and stand for righteousness and defend it. We need men and women of God  who defend the weak, the widows and orphans, but also who know how to sit with and address the rulers, shapers and deciders.

Moments in History 1081Chronicles 12:32 "Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command".

Let me remind you of a special and sad moment in modern history. We  learn form WWII that there are times when wise, ethical, righteous and courageous decisions have to be made or else suffer terrible and long-lasting collective losses.

Moments in History 108From left to right: Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Ciano pictured before signing the Munich Agreement, which gave the Sudetenland to Germany.Consider the Munich treaty, signed on September 30, 1938. It was an attempt to sign an appeasement treaty with Hitler who wanted to invade (for free as it were) part of Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland.

Today, it is widely regarded as a failed act of appeasement toward Germany. The purpose of the agreement was to discuss the future of the Sudetenland in the face of ethnic demands made by Hitler. The agreement was signed by Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Sudetenland was of immense strategic importance.

After the treaty had been signed, Winston Churchill, denouncing the Agreement in the House of Commons, declared:

Moments in History 108Winston Churchill during WWII“We have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat ... you will find that in a period of time which may be measured by years, but may be measured by months, Czechoslovakia will be engulfed in the Nazi régime. We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude ... we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road ... we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: "Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting. And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”

On October 3, 1938, Churchill added: “England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She has chosen shame, and will get war.”

This is what happens when leaders and peoples lack knowledge of the times, understanding, courage and wisdom. There is a dire need of these sound ingredients and virtues in today's globalized world. Remember, in a globalized world, you globalize the opportunities - but the problems too.

This Munich treaty of September 1938 was a “special moment in history” which should never have occurred; if France, the United Kingdom and Italy had dared say “no” to Hitler and resisted his appetite for conquest, they could have checked him before the problems got too bad, and this could have changed the course of history; and if not, it could at least have left them with a stronger sense of dignity and self-respect they could well have done with, in view of a coming war.

Proverbs 24:3-6 "By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power. For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

We too live in very important times in modern history (not only in Europe), times which will have long-lasting effects depending on our beliefs or lack thereof, our steadfastness to our core judeo-christian values or lack thereof and the posture we take in front of events and dangers.

In today's world we need men and women of excellence and of destiny who will have the revelation, the wisdom, the understanding, the strength, the character and  ability to speak and stand for righteousness and defend it.

We need men and women of God  who defend the weak, the widows and orphans, but also who know how to sit with and address the rulers, shapers and deciders.

We need men and women of God who resist and fight oppression in all forms, who  speak and stand to defend our liberties and not fear to resist the sinful trends of society which always lead to  guilty compromise and unacceptable alternatives, for “vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable” (John Wesley).

In 1 Chronicles 12:32 the sons of Issachar were men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do. And these are vital competences we all need for our lives and the Church as a whole in the different regions we live in.

Granted it is a monumental need and task, but the Holy Spirit has been given to the Church to teach us and give the necessary wisdom to know and discern what is right as well as the power to do it.

2Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and (sound mind) discipline".

The world is changing fast and we know it; if you do not know it, you at least feel it; it is said that in the sole world of business, the next 20 years will see changes that will exceed the changes we've seen in the last 20 years. This is enormous and God has called us into such a world to announce and demonstrate his message. With my God I can leap over a wall.

Psalm 18:25-29 "With the kind You show Yourself kind; with the blameless You show Yourself blameless; With the pure You show Yourself pure, and with the crooked You show Yourself astute. For You save an afflicted people, but haughty eyes You abase. For You light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.

    Michel von Allmen

    Michel von Allmenresides with his wife Sally close to Geneva in French-speakingSwitzerland. He has beena part of the present-day...
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