Thursday, July 11, 2013

Laughing at Satan, Laughing at Nazis

I know I've posted about this before, but I think it's worth doing again.  And I'll here provide the appropriate Hat Tip (a.k.a., the HT) to for publicizing the video that will make up tomorrow's Snakes are Scary post.

Here's the story from 22 Words:

A German propaganda film called “Triumph of the Will” was released in 1935 to bolster support for Hitler. When the British got a hold of it, they re-edited it and added a lighthearted dance tune to make the German military and Hitler himself look like silly wind up toys. Then they released it as their own propaganda. 
The British loved the humor of the simple mockery. In contrast, when the Nazi Minister for Propaganda Joseph Goebbels saw his work reappropriated to undermine his cause, he left the theater screaming curses.
Why is that?  Because evil cannot bear scorn.  C.S. Lewis quotes Martin Luther at the beginning of The Screwtape Letters, Lewis' classic book on spiritual warfare:  "The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to the texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn."

In other words, if the promises of the Scripture cannot fight off the temptation, start laughing.  Laugh at the Enemy and his schemes.  Laugh at the shame he's trying to bring.  Remember your sin, and then remember it's paid for and laugh.

Reversing the accusation and propaganda is a powerful strategy in the spiritual battle.  If Satan reminds you of your sin, remind him that Christ paid for it on the cross.  And then laugh.

Pride cannot stand scorn like that.  And no one is prouder than Satan.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...

(and stay tuned for tomorrow when I'll post the video mentioned above)

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