Have you heard about the speech of Gen. Douglas MacArthur? I came across this speech some 38 years ago when I was still a teenager. This was his speech before the US Congress sometime in 1951. I was not even born yet. I was really amazed that a great general who was most knowledgeable in the art of war, could pinpoint the solution to man’s great problems.
Here’s a portion of that speech:
- “Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope have never been successful.
- Military alliances, balances of power, Leagues of Nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.
- The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past 2000 years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”
I’m still amazed up to now that this great general had great wisdom to see that man’s problems are “theological”—that is, “spiritual” in nature and “it must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.” The problem is really in man’s character—a problem of the heart, the inner man—which needs a lot of re-aligning and changing to conform to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.