Here’s what you need to appreciate about Willy Wonka…

  1. He is a stronghold for the oppressed (Psalm 9:9). Willy prioritizes the redemption of persecuted peoples, like the Oompa-Loompas. The Oompa-Loompas faced terrible hardships and peril in Loompaland (nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world – – – > hornswoggles and snozzwangers and terrible wicked whangdoodles). And it is especially noteworthy that Wonka does not merely rescue the Oompa-Loompas from danger, but he offers them the dignity and gift of working in his chocolate factory (Ruth 2:6-7).
  2. His empire is inescapably, undeniably, mysterious & marvelous (Proverbs 25:2-3; Ephesians 3:18, 20); and for any who actually encounter him, the experience is inexorably enigmatic (Isaiah 55:8 [a.k.a. i558]).
  3. He wants lowly, marginalized, and meek people – like Charlie Bucket – to inherit his kingdom (Matthew 5:5; 1 Peter 1:4).