Before we get down to brass tacks we need to know who we’re fighting. You can’t mount an effective offense until you identify the enemy, until you know who they are. It’s the same problem the government has visa-vie terrorism. The average man or woman on the street would say immediately and without hesitation we’re fighting Muslim extremists, Muslim radicals, or just Muslims period. But our government refuses to acknowledge this reality. They expunge any mention of Islamic ‘anything’ from their police, FBI and/or military training manuals and courses. They come up with endless euphemisms such as ‘man-caused disasters’ or ‘over-seas contingency operations’ or ‘work place violence’ in the case of the Fort Hood jihadist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he started shooting. As a result of this self-inflicted blindness, our government is completely unprepared for future terrorism-related events from our Islamic enemies, unable to predict or anticipate them until it’s too late. It certainly can’t do anything about stopping them.
We face a similar problem. Unless we’re willing to accurately name and identify our enemies we won’t be able to fight them. If you can’t fight, you can’t win. So let’s name names. Let’s look at how to identify them.
John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
In this passage, Jesus was preaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. The Pharisees challenged him, saying they were the children of Abraham; that God was the only Father they had. Jesus responded that if God were their father they would have loved Him and heard Him, but they couldn’t. Then He launches into verse 44 above. Although the specifics are different between then and now, the underlying truth hasn’t changed. The enemies we face – in the public square, in private, in business, in government – belong to their father, the devil, that serpent of old: Satan.
We see it with the unrepentant murders in abortion mills. King David committed murder to cover up his adultery with Bathsheba, but when the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sin, he repented and God forgave him although He warned David he would still have to deal with the earthly consequences of his actions. Abortionists not only don’t repent, they try to justify their murders as they continue to commit more of them. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We also see it with politicians who lie as easily as breathing. We see it with homosexual activists who try to redefine marriage by lying about what it means. We see it with false advertising. We see it in the media echo chamber, regurgitating lies from the political Left without end. We see it in the new ‘Common Core’ curriculum which distorts history by suppressing the truth in favor of a ‘new narrative’. We see it on our national borders, in wars, in economics, in mindless regulations and horrible abuses of power such as the IRS targeting conservatives, the DOJ targeting white voters and the NSA targeting everyone. We see it in the culture war where good is called evil, and evil is called good. We see it in the pornification of our nation, laws and our teenagers, especially young girls. We see it in the upside-down world of hatred for guns which protect us from the bad guys, and the inverse, the glorification of violent rappers and thugs who prey on the innocent. We see it in court decisions overturning popular votes on matters of morality, setting criminals free on absurd technicalities and refusing the pleas of honest people to be free of government interference in their lives. But we especially see it when the Left misquotes Scripture, taking it out of context to use against us, accusing us of being ‘false’ Christians or behaving in unchristian ways, as if atheists had any authority on matters of faith.
In all of these situations the children of evil follow the example of their Father of Lies. Above and beyond anything else, whatever similarities or dissimilarities they may have, they are all, without a doubt – liars.
It’s no accident lying made God’s top ten list of no-no’s. The Ninth Commandment says clearly and unequivocally, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Period. End of sentence. No ‘ifs’, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about it. No excuses, no justifications, no rationalizations, no exemptions, no escape clauses, no way out.
The Left doesn’t call it lying of course; instead they go out of their way not to call it lying. They refer to fudging the truth, prevarications, factually challenged, misleading, misspeaking, doublespeak, distortions, stretching the truth, inconsistencies, contradictions, inadvertent false representations, exaggerations, tall tales, fish stories, untruth, fibs, shams, pretenses, shading the truth, half-truth, hype, misstatements, farfetched, and just this year, from Susan Rice when she was defending Obama’s ‘keep your doctor, keep your insurance’ lie, ‘an incorrect promise’. They do this for one simple reason – lying is a surefire sign of ungodliness, of demonic or satanic influence. It’s a dead giveaway they belong to the Father of Lies.
Another way they lie is by refusing to call things by their right name. Instead of calling border crossers illegal aliens or invading foreign nationals, they call them undocumented workers or migrants; man-caused disasters instead of terrorist attacks; quantitative easing instead of printing money out of thin air; regulatory adjustments (to Obamacare) instead of breaking the law; gentle giant (aka Michael Brown) instead of thug and strong-arm robber; choice instead of murder (abortion); downsizing instead of fired. Advertising is filled with such euphemisms: all natural – as opposed to what? Supernatural? Unnatural? The world of politics and culture have been corrupted the same way. For instance, the word gay means frivolous or light-hearted, but it’s been co-opted to mean homosexual, in an effort to make them seem less perverted. Rights are what has been given to us by God and what no one else is forced to help you exercise. But today ‘rights’ are whatever the Left wants and they’ll tax and regulate you into compliance, then threaten jail time if you object. Anyone who indulges in this behavior is a child of Satan, a liar.
If you want to watch a Leftist’s head explode, dare to call them a liar. Use the actual word then sit back and watch the fireworks. They’ll go ballistic. They’ll get on their high horse and thunder about, “How DARE you call me that! Who do you think you are? You’ve told lies yourself, you hypocrite!”
They can’t stand to have the label liar attached to them. It strikes at the very heart of their view of themselves as the moral elite, the heroes fighting for the ‘fill in the blank’ cause. Because they have no god, they have no morals and sincerely believe the ends justify the means. That makes it okay to lie, cheat and steal to accomplish their ‘worthy’ goals. By calling them a liar you’ve blown their cover, exposed them for what they really are. Pulling the covers off their false pretense by calling them a liar is the worst possible insult in the world, and they’ll never forgive you for it.
That brings up the next way to identify a child of evil – unforgiveness.
Christians take Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount very seriously, and try their best to live them out, especially about forgiveness. In Matthew 6:14-15, He says;
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If loving forgiveness is the mark of a true Christian, to the point where we can hate the sin and still love the sinner, then personal hatred and refusal to ever forgive is the mark of the children of Satan. For everything God loves, Satan hates and so do his children. They want to carry out his desires, as Jesus said in John 8:44 (quoted earlier). This is most clearly evident in their double standards.
Leftists have no moral standards, no real concept of right and wrong, no moral absolutes. They rebel at the very notion of an absolute anything. Therefore when one of them does something we would regard as wrong, they see no need to apologize or ask forgiveness. They don’t think they have anything to apologize for. You can see this in action when a Leftist politician is caught in a lie, adultery, money laundering or any one of a hundred other crimes or infractions. The Left rallies around them. They excuse their actions, trivialize them or simply refuse to acknowledge them as anything other than an unjust Republican or Christian attack on a ‘noble public servant’.
But let a Christian, conservative or Republican commit the exact same infraction and all hell breaks loose. They’re pilloried, lampooned as hypocrites (one of the Left’s favorite words), bombarded with calls to resign, investigated and held up for ridicule. And no matter how the investigation turns out, no matter how much time elapses afterwards, no matter how contrite they are, they’re never, ever, forgiven. Never.
Because Leftists don’t believe in God (no absolutes, remember) they will substitute government in place of God as the answer to all of humanities problems. This is the third way to identify the children of evil. Every problem that occurs, every situation that comes up, every struggle, every inconvenience we face is a reason to increase the size and scope of government. ‘There ought to be a law!’ is the battle cry of the child of Satan. By putting government first, by making it the answer and supplier of every need, it takes the place of God. The leviathan state becomes an idol, a false god demanding not only complete obedience but absolute rejection of any challenge to its power. The prophet Samuel warned Israel about this in 1 Samuel 8:11-17;
This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
Our government today takes far more than merely the tenth Samuel warned Israel about in such dire tones. If we could get them down to a tenth most people today would be deliriously happy. But notice how he closes his warning; you become slaves to the king, to government. If you’re a slave to the government you don’t have anything left for God. This is exactly what progressives, Leftists, Marxists, Socialists and all the other ‘ists’ are after. These children of evil, children of Satan, want God taken out of the picture. And rest assured, individualism goes out the door with Him. As water smothers fire, so government smothers people. Dump a bucket of water on a campfire and see what happens. The result is exactly what government wants to do to individual people.
One of the most insidious government idols they’ve created is so-called public education. There they’ve created a system that undermines parental authority, substituting government authority instead (no challenge to their power, remember). They promise a free education to everyone then make it mandatory, teaching according to their own godless curriculum while ignoring and belittling the wishes of the parents. It’s not free of course. Putting aside the damage it does to impressionable young children, the system is paid for by ever-increasing taxes. This accomplishes two goals at one stroke; it pays for their experiments on your children, and, takes so much money out of your pocket you don’t have enough left over to put them in a private school. You have to pay those taxes no matter where your kids are educated, making it a double hit on those who home school or send their children to private schools. Anyone who advocates public education, or wants to eliminate or regulate home schools and/or private schools is a child of Satan.
Another, very easy way to identify a child of evil is to look for an evolutionist. Find an evolutionist, you’ve found a child of Satan. They go together like bread and butter. Convince people the world was created over billions of years by slow processes, including goo-to-you evolution and BINGO, no need for God. This lie has so permeated our culture you’ll find it everywhere. How many times have you been watching TV and heard something like, “Millions of years ago when dinosaurs ruled the Earth…”? How often are millions and billions of years simply assumed as part and parcel of some story, display or diorama? We see it in cartoons our children watch, in popular movies, television shows – especially any shows featuring time-travel, adventure books of various kinds, poems and even songs.
Try challenging evolution on any social media then watch the Leftists swarm in for the attack, labeling you a backwoods hillbilly, an ignoramus, an uneducated idiot, a Bible-thumping moron and on and on and on. They’ll deride your opinions as unscientific as if that’s the be-all and end-all of the discussion. You’ll be told in no uncertain terms the debate is over, the science is settled (like Global Warming) and you’re some Neanderthal, flat-earth bozo if you disagree. Again, all children of evil.
Not only do children of evil, children of Satan, hate Christians and God, they despise Jews and Israel. Read the newspapers, blogs and magazines edited by the Left – which is virtually all of them – and watch the news, the talk shows and others; you’ll be astounded by how often they blame Israel and the Jews for problems others created. In the Middle East, Israel receives all the blame for the situation with the Palestinians even though it is Hamas, Fatah and their enablers who are endlessly raining bombs and missiles on Israel. The moment Israel dares to strike back in self-defense, the knives come out and the Left goes on the attack, blaming Israel for carnage it never wanted and tried to avoid. In Europe, Muslims in France murder Jews, and the authorities caution Jews not to wear yarmulkes or other identifiable clothing, as if they were responsible for provoking the attacks. Graffiti is smeared on Synagogues across Europe and Leftists shrug, hold conferences and congratulate themselves on seeing both sides of the ‘conflict’. Compare that to their response to a single person protesting peacefully outside an abortion clinic; they’re light years apart.
To reiterate, those on the Left end of the political spectrum are born of their natural father, the Father of Lies, they’re children of evil. They attack constantly and incessantly. They keep coming no matter what. To quote from the first Terminator movie:
They can’t be reasoned with. They can’t be bargained with. They don’t feel pity or remorse…and they absolutely will not stop – ever – until you are dead!
That probably sounds a bit melodramatic and more than a little over-the-top, but it really isn’t. The political Left is a modern-day Frankenstein monster created by Satan with the willing and able assistance of The Church. Oh yes, we helped create them. We didn’t mean to. We had the best intentions in the world, all sweetness and light, but the simple fact is we tolerated the intolerable until they became strong enough to be intolerant of us. Satan seduced us into letting his ‘Children of the Corn’ grow up into heartless, blank-eyed demons. And we let him get away with it. And worst of all, some Christians even join with Leftists, unwittingly aiding and abetting our mortal enemy.
Children of Satan are easily identified. They;
• tell lies
• play word games to manipulate language
• never forgive
• have double standards
• worship government instead of God
• smother individuals
• want government-run education
• promote evolution
• hate God, Jews and Christians
• attack without ceasing
Whenever you encounter any person, male or female, young or old, black or white or any other color, from any country or religion, exhibiting these traits and characteristics, you’ve met a child of Satan, a child of evil.
They are the enemy.