Listen to this 1965 radio recording of Paul Harvey:
If I were the devil . . .
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda; I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naïve;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional; I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
Harsh words, hard to swallow even. Now before you go getting your panties in a bunch, let me just say that I am in no position to judge anyone, how a people chose to live their lives, what they believe, what they’ve done or haven’t done is between them and their conscience. One’s relationship with God is very personal. Only He can guide, judge, forgive a person. I, on the other hand, am far from being free of sin and most certainly am not in a position to be casting any stones. That said, whether you are religious, spiritual, non-practicing believer, agnostic or whatever you prefer to call yourself, listen to this recording, truly listen and weigh Mr. Harvey’s words. Consider the state of our society today in contrast to what it was in 1965. Wherever we look these days there are signs of deep decay within our society.
It is easy to point a finger at a particular group or political party and blame them for all the problems within our society/community/country, but the reality of the matter is that our societal decay cuts across all income levels, all political affiliations and all regions of the United States. This decay can be seen on the streets of the most dilapidated sections of major U.S. cities to the halls of power in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street. It is undeniable that something has fundamentally changed.
Perhaps this decay is because people do not seem to possess the same level of character that they once had. Perhaps the fact that most people only truly believe in themselves and lost their faith in God…. There is so much to ponder…so much to consider…. I don’t have the answers to fix society, but I know we have to start somewhere. We can only truly be responsible for our own actions – for ourselves. I chose to put my faith in God, in letting Him guide my life personally and as a parent because every time I’ve done things without Him I screw up royally. With His help I to hope to raise my baby boy into a responsible young man of character. Quite a task in this society……quite a task indeed.