We went to the cinema this week to see Gary Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour During the early days of World War II, Neville Chamberlain is out of favour and so a new PM is needed, namely Winston Churchill, who many people are not sure about. He must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds. You know what happens but this film will give you some new insights into the whole thing, perhaps. What we have here, of course, is what they now call "dramatic truth" rather than very much you will find in a history book. The secretary featured in the film, for example did not start work until a year later. It is true that Churchill often disappeared from Downing Street or the Cabinet War Rooms and appeared somewhere in London to talk to the public and find out what they were thinking but what we get in the film is pure imagination. As a young man such things woud have bothered me but I now see what we want is an enjoyable film that gives you the gist of what happened. That's want this film does. It is a reminder of the wonderful providence of God towards this nation all those years ago. Let's not forget it.
Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.