My wife and I saw Dunkirk last night. I promised my son that I would not say if we liked it or didn’t like it. So you won’t find any spoilers here. Well, maybe one.
There was one thing the film left out. No, it wasn’t the fact there weren’t many women or minorities, as one numbskull protested. It was the response of the nation as a whole — the unseen masses whose fate was in the hands of the army, navy, and air force. Of course, not everything can be put in a film as grand and sweeping as Dunkirk, but this missing item was a biggie.
When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation George 6th called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine help. Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into churches praying for deliverance and this photograph [see below] shows the extraordinary scene outside Westminster Abbey as people queued for prayer.
Two events immediately followed.
Firstly, a violent storm arose over the Dunkirk region grounding the Luftwaffe which had been killing thousands on the beaches.
And then secondly, a great calm descended on the Channel, the like of which hadn’t been seen for a generation, which allowed hundreds of tiny boats to sail across and rescue 335,000 soldiers, rather than the estimated 20-30,000. From then on people referred to what happened as “the miracle of Dunkirk.” Sunday June 9th was officially appointed as a Day of National Thanksgiving. (Anglican Ink)
The author of the above article goes on to state that something has changed in Great Britain, and I might add, the rest of the world:
“It almost seems to be a different country. Sadly, since the end of the War, Britain has largely rejected the moral Laws of God which are clearly stated in Scripture. In Psalm 107:34 it warns “a fruitful nation will become impoverished because of the wickedness of its people” and in Proverbs 14:34 it adds “Righteousness will exalt a nation, but wickedness will destroy a people.”
What’s true of Great Britain is true of the United States. Both nations are rotting from the inside. It’s not too late, but we need to act now before the moral cancer metastasizes. Politics will not save us. This does not mean that we should abandon the sphere of civil government…