Recently, I happened to be in Little Rock, and, upon entering a Walmart store there, an elderly gentleman seated near the entrance piped up and asked me “Young man, are you a registered voter in Arkansas?”
“No sir” I replied, amazed he had referred to me as young (I wasn’t about to correct him). “I don’t live here.”
He nodded, satisfied with my answer, then immediately turned his attention to the next patron with the same question.
He seemed to be a friendly person, and because those are fewer and fewer these days, I found myself later regretting that I didn’t meet the qualifications to speak with him. He was clearly dedicated to increasing voter registration among his native peoples, and not being one of them, I didn’t want to distract him from his mission.
As I made my way back to my vehicle across the prairie of asphalt that is every Walmart’s parking lot, I began to wonder how a conversation with this man might have gone. How would someone with my beliefs talk to someone like him who truly believes in the “System?” Someone who believes “one man, one vote” actually ever produced anything good in this world, or that any voter had ever had any effect whatsoever on government policy. Someone who believes that if just more people would vote, that would solve all our problems.
I happen to be a person who believes that voting makes no difference whatsoever, because voting is a sham, an illusion, an opinion made all the more poignant here in the old stomping grounds of Slick Willy and the Wicked Witch of Little Rock.
After reflection, I believe the conversation would have begun with me asking him “Sir, are you a God-fearing man?”
This being the Bible Belt, I think there’s a good chance his answer would have been “Yes.”
Then I would have asked him “Who runs the world?”
Like most people, he probably would have answered “God does,” to which I would have wholeheartedly agreed, yes, God is firmly in control, from atom to acme, but could you clarify for me who it is that rules the earth at this time? Who does the Bible say sits on the throne of the earth, so to speak?
If further dead space ensued, I would have cut to the chase. “Who is the prince of this world?” Then I’m sure he would understand my point, as that is the scriptural phrase:
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
– John 12:31
And then he would have to answer “Satan.”
Aha! Now we are getting somewhere!
Satan is most definitely the current ruler of this earth because he could not otherwise have had the right to offer that rule over to Christ as a temptation.
Now the issue of who rules the earth would have been settled (if I had spoken to him, which I did not. If I had, this would all be much less confusing – my apologies).
Then I would have changed tack. I would have said something like, “Sir, if you owned a large corporation, would you hand pick the people who would fill the top levels of management?”
I imagine now a thoughtful expression come upon him, followed by a slow nod of agreement.
“Of course you would, good man! Anyone would!” Because it’s illogical to assume otherwise. When you have something very valuable at stake, something for which you are the only one who is answerable, you would not delegate the important decisions concerning that valuable thing to anyone else. That’s axiomatic.
“Therefore, sir, do you think for a second that if Satan is the prince of this world, and if he rules it with great authority given to him by God for the time being, do you think that he would not do the same? Do you think that he would not keep a tight reign on all those highest positions within his earthly administration – the top positions in the governments of this world?
“Of course he would!
“Secondly, who are those people who get elected to fill the highest positions of government, anyway?”
More reflection, perhaps a twinge of confusion and vexation.
I would continue by answering my own question (my favorite thing to do): “People who would do his bidding without question, I’m sure. Certainly no one who would resist or fight him, you can be sure of that! Those kind get weeded out early in the campaigns. That’s called ‘vetting a candidate.’
“But furthermore, it goes much deeper than that. He doesn’t just trust anyone with those positions of power. He puts family in there!”
At this point I imagine a bark of protest from the poor, browbeaten man. “Family? What the heck do you mean, whippersnapper?!”
“Serpent seed, my good man. Serpent seed. The bloodline of the Devil himself, because, you see, the Devil is a nepotist!”
I’m sure at this point the old man would slump down into a coma just to find relief from this conversation. I can have that kind of effect on people.
But the Devil is a stinking nepotist, and the existence of his children is the best kept secret the world has ever known. Begun in the Garden when the serpent seduced Eve – the fruit of which was Cain – then continued later in the days of Jared when the fallen descended upon Mount Hermon and bound themselves together by oath to do this vile work.
That bloodline has survived, make no mistake about it. It survived the Great Deluge, survived the genocide in Canaan, survived the efforts of peoples throughout the world to rid it of these wicked cannibals, these “men of renown,” the giants of the olden times. That bloodline survives even though giants did not – they are giants now only in wealth and power, and they continue to rule this world under their spiritual father.
Rather than picking up a pen and voting in the next election, you would do better to bend a knee and pray against “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.“
Wake up to the world as it is, and put aside childish notions about how you would prefer the world to be. That world exists only inside your imagination.
This is the spirit which went forth from Abel, whom his brother Cain slew, and he makes his suit against him till his seed is destroyed from the face of the earth, and his seed is annihilated from amongst the seed of men. – Book of Enoch 22:7