“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist.” This quote is a modern rephrasing of a more long-winded recitation by Charles Baudelaire. I would like to rephrase it one more time by saying, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he is not in charge.”
A large portion of the population acknowledges the devil’s existence, but they don’t recognize the control he has over their lives. Recent polls point out this growing problem. While belief in God remains fairly stable, the number of individuals who see Satan as real has been in sharp decline.
People are at a huge disadvantage when they have an adversary they don’t believe exists. When generals face each other on the battlefield, they often do everything they can to learn about the personal traits of the leader they are fitted against. The Bible gives us plenty of examples on how fixated Satan is on bringing about our destruction.
This lack of understanding about the Evil One is a key reason why I don’t regularly listen to any of the nation’s conservative talk radio hosts. I have no interest in hearing someone complain for two to three hours each day about political problems in Washington DC. Since all the major voices in talk radio don’t understand that America’s capital is really run by spiritual forces, it’s pointless to follow their commentary.
A lot of Christians have the mindset that President Obama is an evil genius; with a step-by-step master plan for the enslavement of the world. If you look at his record of accomplishments, you would find him to be the most nonproductive president in our nation’s history. The only achievement I could credit him with is the steady erosion of America’s relationship with Israel,
The huge gains made by Republicans in the election this past November has done nothing to break the political stagnation. The leadership traits of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, only makes me wonder if they are part of God’s judgment on our nation.
The weakness of Boehner was made plain in a recent interview with 60 Minutes. Reporter, Scott Pelley, asked him “Do you practice that scowl?” in referring to Boehner sitting behind the president. Pelley then asked, “Mr. Speaker, can you bring the Tea Party in line?” implying there is something wrong with being a conservative.
Speaker Boehner should have strongly protested being asked such leading questions. By not having any backbone, he allowed the liberal media to define the nature of Republicans. Boehner may get to sit in the center chair with the big gavel, but someone else is setting the agenda.
The forces of darkness have such a stranglehold on the political process; they basically get to decide who is allowed to run for any type of major office. I think former Governor Mike Huckabee should have kept his job at Fox News. He has zero chance of being a significant 2016 presidential candidate. During the 2012 election Ron Paul was completely shut out for just being a libertarian. Huckabee’s background as an ordained Southern Baptist minister will automatically disqualify him from getting major media coverage.
Another way the devil covers his tracks is by shifting blame on causes that really don’t matter in the big picture. One of his favorite diversions is the use of various conspiracy organizations. I know a group like the Illuminati fits into the master plan to enslave the world, but they are not a key player.
YouTube has become flooded with videos that offer some very weird ideas about Illuminati plots. There are over 10 million views for videos that claim the illuminati was behind the death Michael Jackson and over 4 million views of others videos that blame the organization for the death of rapper Tupac. According to the legend, they were both going to rat out the Illuminati, so the powers that be had them bumped off. In reality, Jackson died because he was a hopeless drug addicts and Tupac is dead because of his gangster lifestyle.
We are well past the point where the only way one can make sense of the world is to be mindful of Satan’s involvement. The average person’s inability to recognize the danger of Muslim terrorism, the rise of anti-Semitism, and the world’s fixation on micromanaging Israel’s internal affairs—are all things that defy logic.
As Satan gains more control over this world, his ability to blind people to the truth is also growing stronger. The only remedy for this mass delusion is God’s judgment on mankind. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the blessing of being able to escape this demon possessed world to heaven either through death or in the Rapture.
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).