Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Ever notice how many distractions evil can gin up at one time? Almost like a contest in Hell’s sandbox, er, ash heap. Picture, if you will:
Setting: Hell–hot, flamey. Background sounds of weeping, gnashing of teeth, screaming.
S-tan: What strife did YOU mastermind today, Be-el?
Be-el: Let’s see…there was that crazy nuke deal (big laughs). That’ll keep the talking heads busy for DAYS, if they can tear their attention away from the big girls, if you catch my drift. BUT most people are too scared to really DO anything. Man, that political correctness scam was brilliant, S!”
S-tan: Meh…nuclear, schmooclear. None of them really believes anything like that can happen in their neighborhood. The girls are good, though, until the plastic surgery starts sliding south. But I have to agree with you on that PC business. Best thing I ever thought up after the Epic Con in the Garden. PC should continue to work pretty well, too, as long as they don’t start to examine my methods too closely (minion chorus shrieks in unison). Okay, then, Z-bub, what trouble did YOU inflict today?
Z-bub (throws smirk in B’s direction, spears approaching heretic): As of today I am the official HACKING KING! You got your China hackers, your Russia hackers, your NSA/bathroom closet hackers. NOBODY can hide ANYTHING anymore! And now that they’ve thrown out the rule of law (or whatever that thing was that kept dousing our fire, heh heh) there’s NO PRIVACY LEFT!
S-tan: Good global work, Z, at least until that U.N. outfit puts their/our One World business in ink. But the problem is we did such a good job eradicating guilt and shame on the planet NOBODY REALLY CARES MUCH anymore unless they work in that Congress place and their nest egg is threatened. You’ll all have to try harder… (flings fire bombs at underlings, eight crumble to a crisp). Now get back up there and wreak some bigger havoc! WHAT’S OUR MOTTO????
B, Z, chorus: Never let a good crisis go to waste.
All: The more the better to keep them scared, sick, weak, and AWAY FROM G-D…
(Meanwhile, in another region of the underworld, four horses of telltale size and color are being carefully groomed…)
OUR MARCHING ORDERS?
Proverbs chapter 4, verses 10-19, is a good summary:
10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded;
And if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they stumble. (NASB)
It’s hard to ignore crisis after crisis after ISIS after out-of-control governments after lying leaders after nuclear threats after global takeovers after (fill in the blank). However, G-d is still in control.
(Sound of shrieking in the underworld even at the sound of His name!)