Ever heard this old line, “The devil made me do it”? Such a phrase is often uttered when someone has obviously done something bad. But instead of taking the blame, they point an accusing finger at “the devil.” It’s the Blame Game. And there’s no better scapegoat than old Lucifer himself.
But when this practice becomes a daily habit, it stops being funny and starts being phony. It’s when we dodge the responsibility of our own disobedience, that we carry the thing too far. Not just blaming Satan for every evil action but finding him in every nook and cranny . . . thinking he is the subtle force behind all wicked events and encounters. It’s the age-old conspiracy mentality.
There are those, for example, who see and hear the devil in certain types of music. They tell us to play the songs backwards and we can hear the subliminal satanic message . . . which seems a lot like reading a book in a mirror to detect its evil connotation. Strange. They warn us against Proctor and Gamble because the beard of a face in the tiny logo includes 666. Don’t laugh. So many believed this that the company was forced to spend a fortune trying to combat fears of a satanic connection.
I’ve heard others who won’t let their children watch certain TV programmers because there’s some ‘magic’ in the story lines. What they must think about the ‘Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ I can only imagine.
You and I know there is a devil and a host of demons. There is an authentic “prince of the power of the air,” whose sole goal is to infect and influence with evil. He is on the prowl (1 Peter 5:8), diabolical in nature and deceptive in method (2 Cor 11:3). And while we recognise that some things need to be avoided and that the evil one is responsible for much wickedness, he is not responsible for all of it — there’s also the world and the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21 & 1 John 2:15-16).
Some believers see the devil in everything that is good and enjoyable, and never stop talking about him. If he cannot get us entrapped in one extreme, then it’s the other, where he’s everywhere, in everything, embodying everyone.
C’mon, Christian, let’s wise up, let’s get real. We look foolish enough in the eyes of the lost without giving them fuel for the fire. Leave the funny stuff for the comedians and the phony stuff for fanatics. We’ve got our hands full maintaining a sensible balance on the tightrope of truth. For if there’s one thing the devil can’t stand, it’s the truth.
Some people spend so much time looking for what isn’t there that they fail to see what is.