I Want The Devil Dead

This is what I’m talkin’ about.

 

I am exhausted with the devil today. I am sooooo tired of his relentless effort to destroy what’s sublime, degrade what’s worthy, weaken what’s strong, mar what’s beautiful. I’m angry at his willful stubbornness, his grossly misplaced pride, his shameless machinations, his fostering of irrationality, his waste of the precious, his victimization of the susceptible. I’m sick to death of his constant, venal corruption.

And he hides, of course; always, he hides. He ducks, and covers, and stays in the shadows. He quickly throws up shiny, vibrant diversions; he changes shapes; he always moves left when you go right–and then comes stealthily circling in behind you, his piercing weapons drawn.

And heaven forbid that weakling should ever go after anyone with any strength. I do (believe me) understand what a dangerous assertion it is to make, but the fact is that the devil’s grip on me personally isn’t anything for him to be crowing to his loser minions about. I’m strong; I’m smart (enough); I’m happily married–mostly, of course, I’ve got religion. I know who I am–and I sure know who he is. And he knows I know who he is. So I’m of limited appeal to him. No one likes someone who laughs at what they want him to take seriously.

Besides, why bother with me, when there’s two little boys next door being cared for by “foster parents” who are drunks? What fun am I, when there’s a depressed teenage boy right across the street from me who’s just started smoking pot? Why struggle with me, when there’s a whole world of hurting, vulnerable people out there that he can work like a ball of putty in his slick, hot hands?

I’m so sick of it. I’m so tired of having to witness and suffer through the endless little pockets of hell created by King Sleazeball for his own pathetic delight. I’m tired of the trash he makes, the stains he leaves, the holes he digs, the walls he builds. I’m tired of his craven opportunism. I’m tired of his glittery, superficial, caustic sexuality. I’m tired of his toxic insidiousness. I’m tired of his bottom-feeding frenzy.

Jesus, I know you do everything in your own time. Of course! And one of the great, engaging pleasures of we on earth is to contemplate the magnificence of your eternal reality, to reflect upon the humbling truth that a moment to us is an eternity to you. That’s certainly true.

And of course we know you know this–but if you wouldn’t mind us saying it again: When, in your holy benevolence, you are moved to come down here and once and for all stomp out the devil like the scampering, spitting, diseased cockroach that he is, trust that we’ll be there with a can of insecticide and a hammer (or a shoe, or a shovel, or whatever else we can get our hands on) faster than you can say, “You wanna take a shot?”

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • Ruth

    Amen. heels it is!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I'll bring the anvil.

  • Tony

    One of the popular sayings in churches around here is something along the lines of "I'm gonna give the devil a black eye". I told a church the other night how big of a pet peeve that was with me, because if I get close enough to black his eye, that will be the least of his problems. I would fully intend to mess him up as badly as possible…..the punk…..

  • Ruth

    he's already under our feet, right? the battle is for our mind…… pulling down strongholds and glad to know I'm not alone, isolated as I may feel~ Peace…

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Great comments! Tony, I'd hate to be the devil when you … recognize him on the subway. In a long, dirty trenchcoat. Right before he flashes … some nuns.

    Ruth: No, you're hardly alone. None of us is. Are. Is. Whatever.

  • snowhite197

    the devil is such a stupid punk and i HATE him!!!!!

  • snowhite197

    Seriously though, I have had to battle some demons in my day. I went through about a year where i was just so deceived, it was like the devil was this huge monster feeding me poisoned lies and i was just a helpless little girl, cowering a begging him to leave me alone.

    But GOD came through for me. I now know I am a WOMAN of God, and I have Christ's authority to tell the devil to get OUT of my life.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Superb. Thanks for this.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Under what sort of heading, do you think?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    See? Ask Satan anything REAL, and he never has an answer.

  • Ruth

    Hey John! let patience have her perfect work….. he's got no new trix- gotta give him time to be creative with old junk because thats all he's got…… ;) same old same old……hmmmmm what's that stuck on the bottom of your heel John? ewwwww scorpion guts!? must be the shell….. because he's gutless……

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Too good.

  • Mike

    Come Lord Jesus, come.

  • http://johnshore.wordpress.com Lisa P

    My eight year old son, "Mom, Jesus says pray for our enemies so I prayed for Satan. I feel sorry he'll never see Jesus…I said ,'God, may Satan see the light and the truth and the way' "…outta the mouth of babes.

    Six year old brother says,"Get behind all of us Satan." in reference to him and his eight siblings…(excuse me while I wipe away the tears) Thank you dear Lord for the gift of our children. Our God is an Awesome God, Amen

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    powerful

  • Barbara P

    A few days late reading this, but I can't wait for Jesus to kick his sorry fat head. Yes, fat head.

    I have been given the ability to draw, so in an effort to provide a visual for my bible study and children I drew Christ's return on His white horse dressed for battle. His saints blood on his clothing and armed with the Word; The Sword of Truth. On his thigh it says, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords".

    I have to say, when I finished and looked at the image …it made all of want to hop on the back of that horse (like on the Westerns when the hero would grab the damsel's hand and pull her up on the saddle without missing a stride). Seeing Jesus with a fierceness in his eye that shows how determined he is to fight for his children, it inspires you to want to fight right along with Him. Instead of being tired I felt ready to fight.

    I, too, am very weary from the battle. It's constant. There has always been this danger, however, today's tricks and schemes are even more subtle, frequent and treacherous then ever.

    Guess we're going to have to keep on fighting the fight for now. When you're tired, if you can, picture in your mind's eye that moment He rides in…gives you a lift.

    I want to ride a very large war horse too. ~B


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