TELEVISION: The Devil's Vision
The devil once said to his demons below,
"Our work is progressing entirely too slow;
The true godly people stand in our way,
Since they don't believe in the show or the play.
They teach that the carnival, circus and dance,
The tavern and disco with games of chance,
Drinking and smoking, these things are all wrong,
That Christians don't mix with the ungodly throng.
They're quick to condemn everything that we do,
To cause unbelievers to be not a few.
They claim that these things are all of the devil,
That Christian folk live on a much higher level.
Now, demons, their theology, while perfectly true,
Is blocking the work we are trying to do.
We'll have to get busy and figure a plan
That will change their standards as fast as we can.
Now, I have a vision of what we can do:
Hearken. . . I'll tell this deception to you.
Then find me a wise but degenerate man
Whom I can use to work out this plan.
There's nothing so real as the thing you can see;
The eyes and the mind and the heart will agree.
So what can be better than an object to view?
I say it will work and convince not a few.
The home is the place for this sinful device;
The people deceived will think it quite nice.
The world will possess it; most Christians can't tell
That it's all of the devil and was plotted in hell.
We'll sell them with pictures of the latest of news,
And while they're still looking, we'll a drink advert choose.
At the licentious play also they'll look,
Until they forget what God says in His Book.
At first it will shock them, they'll seem in a haze;
But soon they'll be hardened, And continue to gaze.
We'll give them some gospel that isn't too strong,
And a few sacred songs to string them along.
They'll take in the "ads" with the latest of fashions,
And soon watch the shows that stir evil passions.
Murder and love-making scenes they'll behold,
Until in their souls they are bitterly cold.
The old family altar which once held such charm
Will soon lose its place without much alarm.
Praying in secret will also be lost,
As they look at the screen without counting the cost.
The compromise preachers who don't take their stand
Will embrace this new vision and think it is grand.
They'll help fool the people and cause them to sin,
By seeking this evil and taking it in.
Influence is great, and this you can see
Just look at my fall, and you'll have to agree.
It won 't take too long, my demons, to tell
That the vision of Satan will populate hell.
Divorce will increase, sex crimes will abound;
Much innocent blood will be spilled on the ground;
Home life will be doomed, in short order I say,
When this vision of mine comes in to stay.
Get busy, my cohorts, and put this thing out;
We'll see if the church can continue to shout.
The old-fashioned people who stand in our way.
Will soon hush their crying against show and play.
We'll cover the earth with this "devil-vision"
Though we'll camouflage it with the name "television".
The people will think they are getting a treat,
Till the antichrist comes and takes over his seat.
He'll then rule the world while the viewers behold
The face of the Beast to whom they were sold.
We'll win through deception; this cannot fail;
Though some godly old preachers against it will rail."
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