In the French Alps, sits Le Chambon, a small village between the borders of Italy and Switzerland. Being Huguenots, the people of Le Chambon followed a long line of unswerving faithfulness to Christ, and with the spread of Nazi occupation they remained unmoved. The pastor in Le Chambon, André Trocmé, challenged the people to reject any German request they perceived as contrary to the Gospel. And so they did.
The school children refused to give the fascist salute when officials passed. The teachers refused to sign documents of loyalty to the occupation. Jewish refugees began to arrive as word spread about their resolve to stand against the enemy. In open defiance to Germany, the people of Le Chambon took them in, fed them, hid them, and eventually helped 3,500 Jews escape murder.
When the first refugee appeared at her door in 1941, Magda—the pastor’s wife—said it never occurred to her to say no. She said, “I did not know that it would be dangerous. Nobody thought of that.”
While many look at the actions of Le Chambon as heroic, they were not trying to be heroic. They did not weigh the cost of rejecting German’s occupation, for Christ and the Gospel occupied their hearts. The eyes of the people of Le Chambon were on Christ, not the cost; they were distracted from the fear of following by the joy of obedience. --Jim L. Wilson and Jason D. Helmbacher
Luke 14:25-33 (NASB77) “Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, (26) " If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. (27) "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (28) "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? (29) "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, (30) saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' (31) "Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? (32) "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace. (33) "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”