September 10, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

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 whispers 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 would go to hell as sure as the Devil.

“If I Were the Devil” is a form of social criticism, an essay that postulates what steps the devil might take in order to corrupt human civilization (and the United States in particular) and lead it down the path of darkness — before delivering the catch that all the steps listed are phenomena that are already taking place in the world today. It was written and popularized by national radio commentator and syndicated columnist Paul Harvey, who from the mid-1960s onwards featured it in both media many times over the course of his long career, periodically updating it to incorporate current trends.  The oldest genuine Paul Harvey version of this piece we’ve found so far appeared in his newspaper column in 1964:

  This is tame compared to what is happening now…

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/devil.asp

March 27, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

AN EASTER PRAYER FOR PEACE

Our Father up in heaven,

hear this Easter Prayer:

May the people of ALL NATIONS

BE UNITED IN THY CARE,

For earth’s peace and man’s salvation

can come only by Thy grace

And not through bombs and missiles

and our quest for outer space…

For until all men recognize that

“THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S”

And peace on earth can not be won

with strategy and swords,

We will go on vainly fighting,

as we have in ages past,

Finding only empty victories

and a peace that can not last…

But we’ve grown so rich and mighty

and so arrogantly strong,

We no longer ask in humbleness—

“God, show us where we’re wrong”…

We have come to trust completely

in the power of man-made things,

Unmindful of God’s mighty power

and that HE IS “KING OF KINGS”…

We have turned our eyes from HIM

to go our selfish way,

And money, power and pleasure

are the gods we serve today…

And the good green earth

God gave us to peacefully enjoy,

Through greed and fear and hatred

we are seeking to destroy…

Oh, Father, up in heaven,

stir and wake our sleeping souls,

Renew our faith and lift us up

and give us higher goals,

And grant us heavenly guidance

as Easter comes again—

For, more than GUIDED MISSILES,

all the world needs GUIDED MEN.

*******

The Lord is good,

a strong hold

in the day of trouble;

and he knoweth

them that trust in him

Nahum 1:7

Quoted from:

“Loving Thoughts”

P. 90

by Helen Steiner Rice