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The devil is at work

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On the Road to Forever
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In 1964, Paul Harvey, nationally known radio commentator and syndicated columnist, published the following, titled “If I Were the Devil.”

“If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve, ‘Do as you please.’ To the young I would whisper, ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that ‘man created God,’ instead of the other way around. I would confide that ‘what is bad is good and what is good is square.’ In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be ‘extreme’ in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old I would teach to pray, to say after me, ‘Our father which are in Washington.’ Then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice versa. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild. I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, ‘She’s right.’ With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography. Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress. Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

“If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle. If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work. Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave-labor camps. If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world will go to hell as sure as the Devil.” (50 years of perfect execution)

[Psalm 64; Romans 12:2] As we continue to listen to all the experts, believing on them because of their education, and not searching the scriptures to see if what they are saying is the truth according to God’s Word, we are being led down all kinds of paths of whimsy. Confusion has led to disbelief and disbelief has led to chaos. Yes, chaos! Without Christ creation would fly apart (Colossians 1:16-17). Look what happened while He was on the cross, taking upon himself the sins of the world, which separated him from his Father (Matthew 27:45-54). Chaos began to set in; darkness, earthquakes, and the dead coming to life. We watch the television in horror at what is going on in the world and we ask, why? I tell you chaos is setting in. Our Lord and Savior is being slyly removed from our lives; the schooling of our children, our government, our freedom of speech, and our ignorance of the scriptures is separating us from the love of God (2 Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Peter 3:3-14). “...Do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27).

Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at Find his column on his blog at
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