Thoughts from the devil’s perspective…
Television. Ah, even the word is music to my ears. A human once said when seeing an early version of this tool, “This is a device that can teach people.” We got a big kick out of that one. Oh, it can teach alright! We use it most effectively. Much of the secularization of the American culture has come as we gradually encourage those in Hollywood to introduce anti-biblical concepts through the stories told on television. Slowly but surely this modem of secular morals brings more violence, more sex, more vulgar language, more un-Christian thought into the minds of those who set passively and soak it in. What was once unthinkable, becomes thinkable, even acceptable. Must say, we are very proud of the results.
Our adversary must be frustrated with our success. He has gone to great lengths to provide written instruction, a book of sorts, to his followers, with stories that illustrate the catastrophes caused by rejecting him, stories that direct these followers to key elements of right relationship, stories that demonstrate his love for these abhorrent creatures, his forgiveness, but also his requirements. We have actually encouraged the publication of these instructions, all neatly bound in an attractive book with footnotes, introductions, references, etc. At the same time, we’ve encouraged busyness to the extent that this book lays dormant on shelves. Busyness, laziness, no matter. Few really read this stuff, or even go to their so-called places of worship to hear the “preacher” talk about it. Many of those who do go, allow habit to close their ears. Kudos to my demon friends for the extent of this success.
Along similar lines, I am very pleased with how we’ve largely removed this “book” as the guidance for cultural issues like homosexuality and sex outside of marriage for straight couples. By successfully making this an emotional issue based on feel-good and selfish thinking, it has become a subjective topic that has created a wave of support for us, even among his followers. Hey, when the rule book lies dormant on the shelf, or when feelings overcome an objective reading of the guidelines, our battle is almost won! Pairing love with obedience, faith with faithfulness, commitment with sacrifice (as truth in a sinful world is pursued), such common-sense things lose their weight when these humans become convinced that it’s all about selfish indulgence in this world, little thought of the next. Well done, I say!
More victories come our way when we allow attention around holidays (a play on the words Holy Day), to become more about traditional tomfoolery. The virgin birth of their hero becomes a side show for Santa Claus and an excuse for drunken parties. The resurrection (I shudder to say that word) becomes some vague imagery with a rabbit, of all things. All Hallows (Saints) Day was intended to recall those who set an example for these “followers,” but we have turned it on its head with Hallows Eve (Halloween) and a sugar filled quest for candy amidst ghouls and goblins. Our strategies have been so very successful, I think you must agree. These are just a few examples of many victories.
Sure, there are those diehards we can’t get to. Those who actually do rely on “the book” and work together to reinforce what our adversary desires. But their numbers are diminishing. Thank the devil! Oh, shall I boast, since that is me?
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian church: Eph. 6:11)