The Last Laugh
In October of 1940 Charlie Chaplin was a world celebrity for his hilarious roles in silent films. He began making The Great Dictator in 1939, funding it with his own money because many Hollywood executives were reluctant to offend Hitler who made a pact with Stalin in August and invaded Poland in September. President Roosevelt heard that Chaplin was thinking about scrapping his film parodying Hitler and challenged him to finish it.
The close was supposed to be a big dance number, but instead Chaplin in his role as The Tramp spoke his first words on screen, “I should like to help everyone if possible—Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate and has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.”
Hitler laughed off the film, but the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes, May 2, 1945,read HITLER DEAD. Chaplain had the last laugh and according to Proverbs 1:26-28 Lady Wisdom declares that she will have the last laugh against naïve, mocking, and morally calloused fools who are foolish enough to reject her teaching. They will be destroyed in the storm they themselves generated.
“I, too, shall laugh at your disaster. I’ll be the one mocking when your dread comes. When your dread comes like a tornado, what you feared like a powerful gale, when anxiety and stress come upon you, then you will call to me, but I will not respond. You will seek me, but you will not find me.” Proverbs 1:26-28
Long before 1945 it was too late for Hitler. It doesn’t need to be too late for us. The open-minded teen can commit themselves to the teaching of Proverbs on skillful living. The mocker can stop taking cheap shots at God’s sacred life instructions, and the complacent immoral secularist can wake up. Lady wisdom is still reaching out her hand, but never forget. If her teaching is refused, she always gets the last laugh.
LORD, many today believe that there are no consequences when Your instructions are mocked and Your Good News is rejected. Deep inside we know that what we sow we will reap. Help us wake up before it’s too late. LORD, use the teaching of Proverbs on Truth Encounter to turn around a young naïve tween this week before they are scarred in the school of real life.
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