In which there are demons

by Craig on March 6, 2012

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I’ve written of the Evil One and his minions.
Yet, I’ve rarely used the words “Devil” and “demons”.

Maybe for fear of looking “crazy” religious.

We see “radical” “crazy” Islamists killing people…
using their religion to exploit women and be “crazy” violent…
and we’re convinced that a sold out faith to our Savior…
would make us no different from them.

So maybe we (I) step back a little from believing “too much”.

There is never a Hollywood portrayal of Christianity as good. There hasn’t been for decades. Hollywood portrays all priests as child molesters, all pastors as swindlers, all the faithful as hypocrites…or blind…or…

crazy.

So maybe we (I) step back a little from believing “too much”.

Like putting cream in my tea…
I mellow out my faith…
take away the sharpness…
make it a little more mild…
a little more palatable.

And my faith becomes not so black and white…

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but more like shades of gray…less important…
and I (we) become more like the world…

and less like God.

And if Paul, when writing to the church at Ephesus was accurate…not crazy…not lying…when he said that Satan is the ruler of this age (EPH 2:2). Then that means that Satan has his evil hands all over “culture”.

He would want us…need us…to pacify our fierce faith.

Let’s just say for a minute that Satan and demons exist.
Wouldn’t he and they be silly not to use this incredibly persuasive tool of culture?

Let’s say he is actually the “behind the scenes” ruler of this world system…
with his own brand of the Beatitudes…
so much easier to buy into then the real ones…

Blessed are the proud…
for they have true power.

Those who rise above sadness and trial…
On. Their. Own…
and don’t cry out to their God…
they will be comforted.

Blessed are the assertive, the strong, the aggressive…
For they will succeed…and have no need of mercy.

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Blessed are they who are clever and cunning…
For they will be satisfied.

Blessed are those seeking vengeance…
for they are justified in returning evil for evil.

Blessed are the enlightened and worldly…
for they aren’t desperate…
clinging to the emotional crutch…
of a “savior” and “redeemer”.

Blessed are the more forceful demonstrators…
for the loud and defiant will bring about change.

Blessed are those whose religion doesn’t create waves…
doesn’t peacefully seek to persuade others to believe…
but quietly believes without drawing attention…
because they have achieved heaven on earth.

I’ve been stumbling in darkness…
afraid to call a demon a demon…

but I think I’m beginning to see a little better now…

in this year I’ve named “see”.

there is more…

please come back.

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Debbie March 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

I just want to thank you, Craig. I hesitate too, to use the words Satan and demons, and so you are helping me say what I know is there. There are some questions I and a friend have . . .and I bet a lot of other people have too . . .so am here learning with you. God bless you as you see and help us to too!

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Craig March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’m not sure I want to go down the road of seeing a demon behind everything – I think life is just broken – this world is just broken – and a lot of things are broken without the touch any demon. But amid the brokenness – there they are – I guess maybe we should call a duck…a duck. No? God bless you Debbie!

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Martha Orlando March 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love your courage here, Craig, especially in the re-scripting of the Beatitudes. Bold and true and necessary. We need to be strong in our faith and never apologize for what we believe in just to placate the demons in this world.
May God bless you always!

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Craig March 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

no courage Martha – just writing what I see – writing what I feel – sharing what gets shared – and I imagine demons sit around during whatever idle moment they might have – and twist Scripture in different ways – I Imagine whatever way God tells us to live – they practice living the opposite. Some opening of the eyes here, I think. God bless you Martha.

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Cora March 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

You hit me where it hurts today, Craig! Even yesterday, I found myself turning black and white into “shades of gray.” I knew I was doing it. I watered it down, mellowed my tea —- why? Just hoping to not offend. I wanted to be a friend more than I wanted to speak truth. I did exactly what the demons and the Devil wanted me to do. God forgive me!

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Craig March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

I imagine, Cora, love is not rude, but love DOES sometimes offend. I guess love SHOULD offend those who are not OF love – or at least of love yet. But I get it Cora – obviously I get it! God forgive me too! And he does – you – me – all who believe in him, and go about – and I know not everyone knows what this means but I know that you do – go about gathering white and even a few yellow daisies. God bless you Cora!

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