By Berit Kjos
Remember Paul Harvey’s 47-year-old warning to America? What he envisioned back in 1965 has become reality. Ponder this part of his message titled “If I were the devil…”
“If I were the prince of darkness I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness…. 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 then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on 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 peddle narcotics…
“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war with themselves and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame.
“If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild…
“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then 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 take from those who have, and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious…. In other words, if I were the devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.
“Paul Harvey, good day. “
That warning was heard and read across America decades ago. But our nation ignored it! Now we face unthinkable consequences. It reminds me of a children’s book used in public schools called The Dark is Rising. Indeed, it is! And the spreading darkness is clouding minds and blinding people — both to the pressing evils and to God’s saving love.
Even before the social revolution of the sixties, our media establishment and transformational schools were steering the war on God’s Word and ways. Soon mystical thrills replaced Truth and certainty, while strange beliefs and corrupting values fed the minds of the masses. Few of our youth would resist the depravity. Click here to continue reading.