Ever since the devil convinced Adam and Eve to eat the apple, it has been game on! In the past, he mostly worked undercover because obvious evil repelled most people.
Of late, however, the devil feels safe enough to come out of the closet. He once operated under the cover of atheists like Madeline Murray O-Hare who fought to rid the world of public prayer and religious displays. More often these days, the satanic church works openly. For instance, in Lansing, Mich. last Christmas, a “snaketivity” scene was erected at the capitol. No one had bothered with an actual nativity scene until after the satanic one showed up. Then, Bronners Christmas store in Frankenmuth, MI quickly loaned one out.
The Satanists protest religious displays and demand equal time. In Oklahoma a Satanist group sued to remove the Ten Commandments from its capitol or else allow for a nine-foot-tall, 2,000-pound statue of Baphomet, a horned demon. Rather than have the 1-ton demon preside, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the state had to remove a 6-foot tall granite Ten Commandments. The reason on paper: it violates the state’s constitutional ban against the use of public funds or property to benefit a religion. The real reason—and the one that the Satanists claimed: evil won. There was a time when being offensive to community standards kept such rubbish at bay.
Dancing with the Devil
What has happened to our community? Many lost their sense of reason. In an interview with CNN affiliate KOCO, Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister who was against the religious display said, “I’m not opposed to Ten Commandments monuments. I’m just opposed to the placement on government property, because I think that the government needs to be neutral.” Neutral? No such thing. Take away good, and evil moves in.
The statue then moved on to Detroit—as if they don’t have enough problems. It was unveiled in July for a big bash with the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple. You would think that an invitation to buy tickets to “dance with the devil” would be a flop, but TIME reported that 700 people attended.
Thanks be to God, there was a Catholic response. Detroit’s Mother of Divine Mercy church held Mass, confessions, and Eucharistic Holy Hour on the same day in reparation and prayer for Detroit. The statue may be leaving at any rate. Since the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson recently signed a bill that will put a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol, word is that the statue may be taking a road trip.
What Happened to the Culture?
Just a few nut jobs trying to get attention, some will say. Except, overlay the satanic church’s values with those dominating the culture. Here is where the Detroit chapter of the Church of Satan stands:
1) Campaigned against Michigan’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
2) Pro-abortion and pro-contraception
3) In favor of same-sex “marriage.”
4) Believes the unborn baby is “tissue that belongs to a woman.”
5) Demands that religious symbols not be allowed in the public square.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote an excellent piece explaining how the 9-foot statue of Baphomet statue reflects our culture’s current standards on human sexuality. The liberal culture should shudder to realize how well their values match up with the demonic.
What do we have to do with It?
In the Rolling Stone’s song, “Sympathy for the Devil,” Mick Jagger introduces the devil.
Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul and faith And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game…
Further down is the line:
I tell you one time, you’re to blame.
Really? What is he talking about? How are we to blame?
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself” Ezekiel 3:17-19.