I recently watched a video of Charlie Chaplain’s speech now called “A Message For Humanity” made in the movie, The Great Dictator. Mr. Chaplain calls for all humanity to unite for liberty instead of slavery. God has a message for humanity. It is called—the Bible!
— Isaiah 28:14-16
I am becoming more and more troubled by the humanistic messages we hear from the leaders of our nation and behind many of our pulpits telling us that somehow man can better himself. Are we compromising the Word of God in the name of improving man’s condition?
The message Mr. Chaplain gave us is that man has the power to free himself from what troubles him. He talks about the greed, the self-serving interests, and the hunger for power that is plunging our world into a most destructive path. Charlie Chaplain then finally says, “I don’t want to be an emperor anymore.”
We may not want to be a “great dictator” ruling over others, but is our desire to rule over other people really the problem? The problem is not that we desire to be rulers of others. The problem is that we continue to want to rule over ourselves.
Many are coming to believe in this idea that man must unite for the greater good of all men. Many are even saying all religions must unite for the betterment of all mankind.
We live in a shrinking world. Technology, social media, satellites, and a growing dependence on a global economy makes what happens on the other side of the world greatly affect us. We are no longer isolated in our beliefs. We are no longer alone on an island in our thinking. A global call is going out to unite all men under one belief and with one goal—to bring peace to all mankind.
Many who profess to be Christians today, believe wrongly that man is capable of improving himself if only he will seek to help others instead of ruling over them. While this sounds like good reasoning, it comes up way short. It suggests that man has the power to rule over himself and do it in a way that helps others.
Who will rule over us is the question we all must answer. God’s Word says all of man’s efforts to improve himself are fruitless. Everything is vanity. Man’s pride will never cease to rule over him unless a supernatural work of God changes his heart letting God then rule him.
Chaplain said, we have lost our way. He was right in that much, but he had no understanding that Christ is the only way. This belief that anything good can be found in man is a lie. Many today believe if we just get rid of the broken system that uses men and then destroys them, then all will be better. That too is a lie. Man’s pride will always get in the way.
It is the same lie Satan used in the Garden. Are we still believing in Satan’s lies today–even in many of our churches?
Sin is what is destroying man. Sin rules him. It will forever rule him until God gives him a new heart that desires God’s rule. Only in Christ can true liberty and freedom be found. It is foreign to man’s thinking that true freedom is found in giving the rule of himself up to God.
How can you give more rule of yourself to God making you more free in Jesus?
What Is Liberty
What is Liberty
What is Freedom
Where the Spirit is … there is freedom
Take heed … lest our liberty be a stumbling block to many
Many live in a false liberty
We have been called unto this glorious freedom
What have we done with it
Many have used it as a cause of their own
Our liberty should help every man forward
To his own peace … to his own happiness
Our liberty should not hinder him
Our conscience does condemn us
We have taken this circumstance of liberty
And have given no regard to the giver or the receiver
Our liberty has exposed us to taking its license
As a license of our own … to do our own will
Our liberty has been judged
At the cost of another man’s conscience
Have we forgotten who has made us free
Have we looked into the perfect law of liberty
And forgotten to abide in the One who gave it to us
We shall be judged by this law of liberty
Have we used it to only disguise our evil intent
Those who now lead us have promised us liberty
But they are only servants of the one corruptible
Let us hold to the promise of true liberty
Only promised to the children of God
We have been set at liberty through Christ His Son
The Lord is that Spirit who has set us free
And those He has set free are free indeed