Like the allied prisoners

“In a German prison camp in World War II, unbeknownst to the guards, the Americans built a makeshift radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war—a fact that, because of a communications breakdown, the German guards did not yet know. As word spread, a loud celebration broke out.

For three days, the prisoners were hardly recognizable. They sang, waved at guards, laughed at the German shepherd dogs, and shared jokes over meals. On the fourth day, they awoke to find that all the Germans had fled, leaving the gates unlocked. The time of waiting had come to an end.

And here is the question I ask myself: As we Christians face contemporary crises, why do we respond with such fear and anxiety? Why don’t we, like the Allied prisoners, act on the Good News we say we believe? What is faith, after all, but believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse?”

— Philip Yancey, “Global Suspense,” in Christianity Today, March 2005 (but I read it this week in Yancey’s collection Grace Notes)

7 thoughts on “Like the allied prisoners”

  1. This is a beautiful reminder of what Paul talks about in Colossians one where he says that it is through Christ that peace and reconciliation have come to the earth and the universe, What amazing good news that we live in!

  2. Hi Adele- What a lovely blog you have here! I’m glad to have “met” you via Twitter. And the question at the end of this post is one I will be peacefully chewing on this afternoon. I’m glad I read it.

  3. I’ve even seen non-believers comment that they would find Christianity much more appealing–not to mention believable–if they ever heard Christians share how blessed they felt.

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