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Perhaps you have seen a t-shirt, phone cover, mug, book cover, notebook, journal, or a host of other products with the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” printed on it recently. Instead of saying “carry on,” you may have seen something else inscribed, such as “Stay Calm and Carry Insulin” for diabetics.
The original phrase has an interesting history. Created by the British Government’s Ministry of Information during World War 2, the Keep Calm and Carry On posters were designed to be issued to the public if Germany invaded Britain. Since this didn’t happen, “the poster was never officially seen by the public.” (Source: www.keepcalmandcarryon.com)
It seems that most of these posters have disappeared and were thrown away at the end of the war. Some have been found and are in the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum in London. There is also no record of the person who came up with the “simple and quintessential Britishness of the Keep Calm and Carry On message.” (Source: www.keepcalmandcarryon.com)
As the body of Christ, we too face an invasion, a very real threat to life in Christ. The attacks of Satan and his temptation to sin are very powerful tools against the peace we have in Christ and the life our Lord calls us to live. They permeate the world around us, can infiltrate the church, and take up residence in our hearts. How do we face this onslaught of evil? Our primary relationship must be with God in Christ, and His will our rule for life. We must trust in His promises, live faithfully by His word, and encourage each other in the righteousness of God. We should not be discouraged by the turmoil sin brings to life, but stay firmly rooted and grounded in Christ, knowing that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We know that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22), but that “the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7).
Paul put it this way; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). In the midst of everything going on around us, we can keep calm if our lives are anchored to him, and we can carry on in faithful living, pleasing God and staying focused on the goal of eternal life. “Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD” (Psa. 31:24).
If I were to change the logo of Keep Calm around as some have today, I would have it say, “Keep Calm and Faithfully Serve God.” This is what our calling is as Christians, what our encouragement should be to each other, what our hope of eternity is based on through the blood of Christ. “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose” (Phil. 2:13). Keep calm and carry on.
Robert Johnson is a minister in Longview, Texas, where he has been a preacher for over 40 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Biblical Languages, and a Masters is in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He loves sharing the gospel with others and ministering to people’s needs.