A post on social media this past week announced the Temple of Satan is revealing an eight foot high statue of Satan in Detroit. It originally was to be on display in Oklahoma City, but when the monument of the Ten Commandments was removed, the plan for the statue changed. I viewed the picture of it, and showed it to my children. One questioned the face and horns. The other commented on Satan being an angel of light, and shouldn’t God make him ugly now. My husband referred to the snake crawling on his belly after seducing Adam and Eve, but we know that the devil is deceptively beautiful. The most disturbing thing in the depiction of the statue to me was the gaze of the children standing at the knee of the image. Should any human, let alone children, be that close to the archenemy of God?
When I first read the article, God reminded me of a story in the Old Testament of the Ark of the Covenant and the Philistines. When the Philistines captured the Ark and brought it home, they put it in Dagon’s house. I smile as I recall the Philistines discovered the next morning that the statue Dagon had fallen over on its face before the Ark of the Lord. The Philistines set the statue upright once more. The next morning it had fallen yet again, and its hands and head had broken off! (1 Samuel 5) The story goes on of the Philistines suffering from tumors and deciding the ark had to go!
In my meditation of the Word and the news, I wondered what would have happened if that bronze tribute had been put in Oklahoma City with the Ten Commandments’ monument. No, the commandments do not represent the presence of God as the ark did, but what if God had done a mighty “slam that statue on its face” move? I am sure the unbelievers would have quickly blamed human intervention. I, however, know that God is going to do just that one day. As Isaiah reiterates, He is going to let it be known once and for all that He is the one true God. There will be no question and no time to change one’s allegiance at that point.
Back to the horrifying inclusion of children in this bronze depiction of the “accuser of the brethren”, I reminded my children of the story of Dagon. I let them know once again there is one true God, and He is on the throne. He is coming again. The condition of this world is further indication the Word of God is true; it accurately depicts our days. Unfortunately, I find it necessary to discuss the evil of the world with our children. The hour is late, and I don’t want them deceived. I don’t want them gazing at lies. Share truth daily, hourly if you can. As my pastor says, Gabriel is licking his lips preparing to sound the trumpet. I don’t want any child left behind, yours or mine.
Burning within me,