If I Were the Devil
“If I were the Prince of Darkness, world in darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness
And I would have one-third of the real estate and four-fifths of the population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had the ripest apple on the tree.
So I’d set about, however necessary, to take over the United States of America.
I’d subvert the churches first; I’d begin with a campaign of whispers.
With the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: Do What You Please.
To the youth I would whisper, The Bible is a myth
I would convince them that man made God instead of the other way around
I would confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is… square
In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing; that cocktail parties are good for you.
And to the old I would teach to pray after me:
Our Father, who art in Washington…
And then I’d get organized; I’d educate authors on how to make lurid literature exciting, so that everything else would appear dull and uninteresting.
I’d threaten television with dirtier movies and vice versa.
I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could; I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction; I’d tranquilize the fit with pills.
If I were the Devil I’d soon have families at war with themselves churches at war with themselves, nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.
And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the Devil I’d encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild. Before you know it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing.
With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to do what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography.
I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get the preachers to say, “She’s right. Thus we could evict God from the courthouse, and then from the Houses of Congress.
And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys, girls, and church money
If I were the Devil, I’d take from those who have and give it to those who want it, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.
What’ll you bet that I couldn’t get the whole States to promote gambling as honorable conduct.
I would caution against extremes: in hard work, in patriotism, and in honorable conduct.
I would convince the youth that marriage is old-fashioned, but swinging is more fun; that what you see on television is the way to be; and thus I could undress you in public and I would lure you into bed where there are disease for which there is no.
Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in coal mines and objectors in slave labor camps.
In other words, if I were the Devil, I’d just keep doing what he’s doing.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones”.
This article “If I Were the Devil” written by Paul Harvey, was excerpted from: www.thoughtsfortoday.com web site. October 1996. It may be used for study & research purposes only.