The word “resolve,” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means “to make a definite and serious decision to do something.” One such example of “making a definite and serious decision to do something” occurred in England during World War II. According to Wikipedia, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an inspiring speech to the House of Commons of Parliament of the United Kingdom on June 4, 1940. In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a possible invasion attempt by Nazi Germany, without casting doubt on eventual victory. Key excepts of Churchill’s speech are as follows:
Turning once again, and this time more generally, to the question of invasion, I would observe that there has never been a period in all these long centuries of which we boast when an absolute guarantee against invasion, still less against serious raids, could have been given to our people. In the days of Napoleon, of which I was speaking just now, the same wind which would have carried his transports across the Channel might have driven away the blockading fleet. There was always the chance, and it is that chance which has excited and befooled the imaginations of many Continental tyrants. Many are the tales that are told. We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of malice, the ingenuity of aggression, which our enemy displays, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous maneuver. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if it can be locally exercised.
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government – every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. 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, and 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, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Ultimately, despite the many obstacles, Winston Churchill resolved to save England from the onslaught of Hitler’s Nazi regime. In doing so, he was determined to prevent Hitler’s takeover of England, which would have given him a springboard to eventually overtake Western Europe. Fortunately, Winston Churchill’s resolve came to fruition during the Battle of Great Britain, which was “air battle for England” in the summer and fall of 1940. Despite the 10,000 bombs that were dropped on Great Britain in September of 1940, Hitler and his mighty Luftwaffe Air Force were not able to get England to sign an armistice or surrender outright to Germany. Therefore, the resolve of Prime Minister Churchill and the English people prevented Hitler from invading Great Britain.
Another example of resolve occurred in the American colonies on June 7, 1776. This was the day that Richard Henry Lee presented to the Second Continental Congress a resolution for independence from Great Britain. In his speech, he said, “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown; and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” Of course, less than a month after this resolution, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, which was the first step toward the colonies gaining their total independence from the mother country Great Britain. As a result, the resolve that Richard Henry Lee had to separate from Great Britain was rewarded when the American colonies won the Revolutionary War. Therefore, the resolve of the American colonists was responsible for a small group of militia men to defend their homes and families from a large group of British troops, a military powerhouse at that time.
However, the type resolve that Great Britain had during World War II and the type resolve that the American colonists had during the Revolutionary War are slowly but surely dying in America. This can be seen vividly in the lack of resolve that many of America’s political and religious leaders and many of their constituents and parishioners have. As a result, despite the separation of church and state that supposedly exists in America, it is obvious that both groups are in bed together. This can be seen in the current government’s promotion of a humanist rather than a God-ordained agenda and the church’s promotion of a social gospel agenda over a personal spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
America’s Founding Fathers established a nation with the resolve that Biblical principles would be the foundation for every aspect of the newly formed government. As a result, God’s directives from His Holy Word became the central focus of all governmental decisions. Of course, many skeptics and gainsayers would deny that God was the central focus of the American government from its inception. However, based on quotes by many of the Founding Fathers, it can be verified that God was the center of all governmental decisions. Some of these quotes follow:
All (laws), however, may be arranged in two different classes. 1) Divine. 2) Human…But it should always be remembered that this law, natural or revealed, made for men or for nations, flows from the same Divine source: it is the law of God…Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is Divine. James Wilson
The law…dictated by God Himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this. Alexander Hamilton
[The] ‘Law of nature’ is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator and existing prior to any positive precept (human law)…these…have been established by the Creator and are, with a peculiar felicity of expression, denominated in Scripture, “ordinances of heaven. Noah Webster
Our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible…particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion. Noah Webster
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. Patrick Henry
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric. George Washington