On-Screen Inspiration

by Dan Rupple

Darkest Hour

 In the Academy Award®-winning film, The Darkest Hour, Nazi Germany has conquered most of Western Europe and they are turning their conquering eyes upon England. Prime Minister Winston Churchill—beset by fear, overwhelmed by darkness, feeling hopeless, and outnumbered by the enemy—is about to recant his inaugural promise to “wage war until victory is won, and never to surrender”. . .  

At the advice of the King, Churchill goes to the people, seeking their perspective. Their cry to fight on and courageously never surrender gives Churchill the encouragement he needs.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Heb. 3:13)

Churchill, renewed in his resolve, cuts off negotiations for surrender and addresses Parliament with these historic words:

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!

What overwhelming situation do you face? Where have you lost hope? Where is the enemy casting too dark a shadow over the light?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)