Extortion to get ones way is nothing new. The most glaring historic example is that of Hitler and Neville Chamberlain. Does it work? Furthermore, is it Biblical to appease a tyrant? No.

FoxNews reports, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in labeling the six-month deal with Tehran as “an historic mistake,” on Sunday invoked an infamous 2005 pact with North Korea. As part of that deal, Pyongyang agreed to abandon its nuclear program and join the Non-Proliferation Treaty in exchange for food and other aid.

North Korea conducted its first underground nuclear test a year later.”

There are numerous positions, even with conservative circles, about how to deal with Iran and its grasp for nuclear weapons. Some call for military action while others non-interventionism if an imminent threat is not perceived. On other hand, liberalism is still promoting appeasement. The problem with the latter is that extortion for money not only emboldens a tyrant, but now it gives him all that much more money to further his agenda. How much more foolish can such a position be?

We then ask ourselves, how does God did deal with tyranny? One of the greatest historical examples was that of Pharaoh in Egypt. God was not making concessions. On the contrary, He devastated Egypt from the Pharaoh all the way down.

“29At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. 31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, ‘Up, go out from among my people, sboth you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!’ ”

Exodus 12:29-32 (ESV)

Therefore, our policy, whether on a personal level or on a nation level should never be appeasement. It only makes matters worse. A tyrant must always be met with strength and firmness. You take a strong position and stick to it, which is exactly what Churchill did. For that, he will be always regarded as a man of courage and resolve.

As individuals, this issue is all the more important in matters of sin. We cannot give even an inch to sin. It is always hungry and is never satisfied. We will either battle with great ferocity against sin, or we will cower to it. Let us do the former and glorify the Lord of glory as we pray for His grace to wage war against the world, the flesh, and the devil.