John 19:28-30 “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:  and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Jesus refused to give up until he was finished.  Only once He knew that “all things were now accomplished that the scripture might be fulfilled” did He relent to death confident that He had fully completed His earthly role.

Christians relent far too easily to the ungodly forces around us.  We passively allow our nation to slip away from its Christian heritage.  We yield to worldly influences.  We surrender to secularism.  We capitulate to calls for compromise.  We succumb to fears of being labeled fundamental. We acquiesce to arguments that oppose our biblical foundation.  We resign to relativism.  We concede to moral collapse.  We fold in the face of national failure.

The greater the fight, the more we cower in the corner.  Instead, we need to stand up and refuse to relent until we give our last ounce of energy to our role as Christian citizens.  In fact, the greater the challenge the more resolute we should become.  One of the best examples of such resolution came from the mouth of Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in the midst of the relentless German bombing of 1940:

“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, 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.”

He later went on to say “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

We have yielded.  We have given in.  We have stopped fighting, counting the costs too great.  We have finished before we have accomplished all that God intends for us.  PLEASE PRAY THAT AS AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WE WOULD NEVER SURRENDER IN OUR STAND FOR CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES IN OUR LAND.  Never, never, never, never!