If I Were the Devil…

There have been a lot of references recently to the George Orwell book 1984, originally published in 1949.  I remember thinking it was crazy talk back in high school.  Then I reread it in the mid-80’s and found it a little less unbelievable.  In the 90’s it was unfolding slowly right before my eyes.  It took firm hold of society in the 2000’s and continues to accelerate.  I tried to reread it recently and had to stop to maintain whatever sanity I have left.

On another trip in the way back machine, I woke up this morning thinking about Paul Harvey’s famous, “If I Were the Devil” talk from 1965.  It was his warning about the evils he saw coming to take down the United States.

While it too is a little depressing in its accuracy, it helps me to put current events into perspective.  I thought it might do the same for you.  So for your reference below is the transcript of his talk.  And following it is my attempt to update it based on more recent events.

I warn you up front that it can be disturbing to think about what we have allowed to happen thus far.  Yet it may be the wake-up call we need in order to gain the motivation to fight back and do something about it.  Here goes:


“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee.

So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. 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 as you please.’

To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal 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’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and 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 would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, 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 and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols 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 want until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

And what do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus, I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.

In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.  Paul Harvey, good day.”

I miss Mr. Harvey’s daily dose of reality and common sense in his “The Rest of the Story” segments.  These aired from 1952 to 2008, 56 years, amazing.  We lost him 2009, God rest his soul!

I’m certainly no Paul Harvey, but I do have thoughts on additional ways the devil is currently succeeding.  There are so many I’m just going to briefly list my top ten without elaboration.  Take a look and feel free to comment with more of your own.

If I were the devil I would:

  1. Use fear to cause people to willingly give up their freedoms.
  2. Censor truth and promote lies.
  3. Demonize those who promote inconvenient truths.
  4. Create the illusion that evil is good, and good is evil.
  5. Make it difficult to do what is right and good, and easy to do the opposite.
  6. Put people into groups, and put those groups at war.
  7. Deem churches to be non-essential.
  8. Teach people what to think, not how to think.
  9. Crash the economy to create a dependent people.
  10. Promise everybody free stuff to gain their support and loyalty.

Just for fun let’s turn the question around.  What would you do if you were God?  If I were God I’d end this thing right now before it gets any worse.  I have never been more embarrassed for us as a people as I am right now.  We are faithless cowards living by lies and deceit.  Not you dear readers, but those running the show and those complying without question.  When does this end?  What comes next?

Did you hear the announcement that Pfizer has a vaccine that is 90% effective?  The stock market skyrocketed and the company CEO sold 60% of his stock for a cool $5 million.  Smart man.  He knows that a vaccine for a corona virus has never been that effective.  They have been trying with the flu for over 30 years and it is still only between 40-60% effective.

I looked at the announcement and tried to find the detailed analysis.  All I could find is that the 90% is based on the study of 94 individuals out of the 43,538 people participating in the study, or a 0.2% sample of an already very small sample.

But the scary thing is that based on this tiny sample, governments around the world are already talking about making this vaccine mandatory for its citizens.  A vaccine that has been in development less than a year, where testing began no more than a couple of months ago, and where they have no idea what the down the road side-effects may be.  Yet it’s going to be forcefully shot into people, really?  Oh, and the pharmaceutical company has been granted immunity from all liability.  Gee, what could possibly go wrong?!

With all the hysteria and media hype I still sometimes forget the simple facts.  We already have a 99.74% survival rate if we become infected, nearly 100% if we are healthy.  We know who the at-risk individuals are.  Why are we still not focused solely on protecting them and letting the rest get back to living life as God intended?  The devil is laughing at us and dancing for joy.

Really scary stuff!  So what is God going to do about it?  Probably what He always does, leave it up to us.  He gave us life, simple rules, and free will.  It is up to us to do the rest.  We all have an important role in this world.  Our goal?  Get to heaven and help others to do the same.  We need each other to succeed.  We need you, the community of striving saints!  You are the answer.  You and those you can influence.  Nothing is going to change until we the people demand it.

I do have great confidence that our faith in God and country will prevail as it has for the last several centuries.  The battle seems to be at a critical stage.  Too many are willing to go along with the prevailing popular view in order to get along.  But as the few have been able to control the many this year, so too can the many rise up and take back their country when armed with truth and faith in a loving God.

I urge you to share your knowledge about what is really going on with as many others as you can.  And to get them to do the same.  As we saw with the drastically flawed voting polls once again, there is a silent majority out there fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.  It’s time that we speak out boldly.  What do we have to lose?  Better question, what will we lose if we don’t?

More to come next week about developing a Community of Striving Playground Saints.  How about calling it Playground Saints Alive?  If you have a better name, please let me know.

Good Day!  Scott

One Comment on “If I Were the Devil…

  1. Hey Scott,

    Thanks for posting your thoughts. It is most certainly therapeutic for me, hope it is for you was well.

    Tom Lorenz

    Liked by 1 person

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