November 21, 2012

Posted: November 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

Think About It……                                                                                                             November 21, 2012

One of America’s finest and respected newscasters was Paul Harvey.  Harvey died in 2009 but over the course of his life he reached more people with his conservative news and views than any other. In fact, at his peak he was heard daily across America on more than 1600 radio stations. Paul Harvey was on the air with his fifteen minute daily news and comment and the Rest of the Story programs for over 60 years.

Today we relive from the archives a program aired way back in 1965.  It is called “If I Were The Devil” and the predictions he made back then were surprisingly accurate:

 

Paul Harvey: “If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of it’s real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

“And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

“If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I could get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

 

I’m John Davis for Think About It!

JCD   11-21-12

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2 Comments to “November 21, 2012”

  • Dee says:

    I would like the words to Paul Harvey’s If I were the devil. How do I find them?

  • Cathy says:

    As one of the “young,” who has only recently started to see that there is such a thing as Gd, and that He’s bigger than what we can make Him out to be… thank you.

    It’s chilling to see that what Mr. Harvey said back then is exactly what I see now, and I pray that my generation begins, one way or another, to reverse those lies we’ve believed.

    Let’s begin doing the things we don’t like, but that we know are right. Let’s let our emotions be disciplined and find out how to bring true peace into every place we go, not just turning a blind eye to chaos (that’s not peace!) but finding out how peace comes and how it stays.

    Let’s hear the warning of the past (which is/has come true) and take it to heart.

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