When England’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) made peace with Adolph Hitler at the 1938 Munich Pact, he triumphantly declared “There is peace for our time.”
Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler has gone down in history as one of the worst decisions of the modern age. 6,000,000 Jews eventually lost their lives through the Holocaust. Chamberlain may have secured peace for his time, but the long-term consequences were horrific.
Many have wondered where Chamberlain came up with the phrase “Peace for our time”
At best, it was a hollow boast, at worst, it was an intentional attempt to postpone conflict by attaching it to the future. “Let our children fight fascism, but not us.”
Chamberlain’s boast is similar to a statement made by King Hezekiah of Judah(739 BC – 687 BC) over 2,000 years earlier.
The prophet Isaiah had told Hezekiah that problems were on the horizon for the nation of Judah:
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: 6 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 7 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. (Isaiah 39:5-7)
Read again the awful things that Isaiah says are coming on the next generation of Jews.
1. All the nation’s treasures will be ‘carried off to Babylon.’
2. Nothing will be left in Judah.
3. The king’s own children will be ‘taken away’ to Babylon.
4. The king’s sons will become Eunuchs.
5. The Jews will serve the king of Babylon as slaves.
Now listen to Hezekiah’s response to Isaiah’s words:
8 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” (Isaiah 39:8)
Chamberlain, Hezekiah, and … we who live in the United States of America in 2019.
We all think alike.
We don’t mind that the national debt is over 22 trillion dollars and at some point, the government will collapse under the strain of debt.
We don’t mind that credit card debt hits a record 4 trillion dollars and people will one day be unable to pay back what they owe, plunging the economy into a depression worse than the 1930s.
We don’t mind that the infrastructure of our country has fallen apart and it will be impossible to repair the outdated grids, bridges, dams, and power plants when the system collapses.
We don’t mind that cries for expanding socialism in the US guarantees a collapse of the capitalistic business economy that built the United States.
We don’t mind…
Because “There’s peace for our time.”