Winston Churchill was not a gentleman of sorts. He was a brash, cigar smoking and occasionally inebriated mans’ man. However, he was a courageous leader, who achieved true greatness. Born into wealth, he was not required to work. Nevertheless, inside him lay a strong and unyielding desire for significance. His gifts of courage, strength and vision drove him to tirelessly give of himself, constantly putting his own life in danger and at that time with little gratitude, from his fellowman. He rallied, defended and ultimately protected Britain — and consequently the whole world — against the tyranny of Nazi Germany. He wasn’t refined with controlled temper, but he was what we desperately needed at that desperate time. He could not have done what he did, without a significant lack of caring what others think. I believe divinely ordained, he was put in the right place at the right moment. And I am grateful for his courage.
Many Christians miss the Winston Churchills of the day, that walk right past them. They mistake the strength and confidence of these men as “pride” and “selfish ambition”. They are so caught up in polite niceties and gentle manner. They do not see how God has placed within these Churchill types the invaluable gifts of courage, vision and leadership.
Of course I want my President to be without fault, but I look to God to be God and my President to be a strong leader, one who will courageously field us through these uncertain times. And I pray that my President will look to God too.
“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.” —Winston Churchill