"In the beginning, the devil created.…"
Wait a minute. That’s not how the Bible begins.
Or creation for that matter. Genesis 1:1 reads:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
The point here is that God is the Creator. The devil is only a spoiler, a cad who lives to destroy truth, beauty and life and to devour human souls. That’s his job, and he does it all too well. He creates nothing but sorrow and regret.
1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
The devil has many tools at his disposal. One of them is moral equivalence. That’s when his chosen pawns assert a right to trash something on the grounds that trashing is the same as creating or celebrating.
Exhibit A in this scheme unfolded this year in Leesburg, Virginia, where atheists persuaded county officials that the historic practice of having a crèche and Christmas tree on the county courthouse lawn had to be expanded to include mockery. Along with two small crèches and a tree, three atheist displays openly attack Christianity and one proclaims "May the Force be with our combat troops" signed, "your local Jedi."
The devil also employs things that have merit to cover his tracks. Jenelle Embrey of Northern Virginia Atheists put up a letter from "Jesus" on a giant posterboard on the grounds before the town’s annual Christmas parade. Here’s a snippet:
"It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking MY name out of the season….” The letter has 10 genuinely positive suggestions, including writing letters to our military, forgiving people who have hurt you, and doing something instead of complaining, and it ends with: “I love you, Jesus.” Hey, who can argue with that?
The Washington Post reported, straight-faced, that Ms. Embrey wrote the letter “to try to soothe some of the anger that came to the surface during the county’s debate over religious displays in the public space.”
Uh, maybe she did. Here’s what she told the Post:
"I wanted to try to promote peace and civility. Because it seems that the Christian group was the most defensive during the debate, I specifically addressed them in my letter, using some of the positive things out of their religion to try to appeal to them."
The old master, leftist community organizer Saul Alinsky, couldn’t have put it better. Rule #4 in his 1971 manual Rules for Radicals says:
"Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity."