Remembering another dark day in history, one Christian leader believes the struggle in America for the culture and the nation is at a climactic point – with the fate of religious freedom in the balance.
It was June 1940. Europe was under the menacing shackles of Nazi Germany – and Winston Churchill, the leader of the last free country on the continent, rallied the British people to their duty.
"The Battle of France is over; the Battle of Britain is about to begin," said the prime minister. "Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization."
Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary says the Church – and indeed the United States – face a similar threat today.
"We haven't lost the culture war, but we're losing it," he tells OneNewsNow. "We're where Britain was in June of 1940. We're being bombed and we're on the ropes, but we're not defeated yet."
Under Churchill, Britain emerged victorious – but the outcome was in doubt when he made that statement. Similarly, says Land, it's uncertain now that Americans' religious liberties will survive. He argues that absent a move of God, they won't be.
"Victory would be a great spiritual awakening, similar to the First Great Awakening, that would transform the culture," he describes.
Worldview expert Alex McFarland agrees – adding that victory might not look at all like believers would expect.
"The great move of God that might be first is just that Christians are willing to stand – even if it's quite expensive and [if] jobs and popularity and social standing are lost," he offers.
But just like Britain, McFarland says if the Church stands, it may yet be its finest hour.
McFarland is co-author of Stand Strong America: Courage, Freedom, and Hope for Tomorrow.