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Updated on February 10, 2015

At an early age, I was taught to pray. My mother was, and remains, the pianist for the church she grew up in. At around her mid teens she began playing for the small Baptist church. She is now in her mid seventies and plays yet. I was taken (read dragged at times) to church as a youngster. I was placed in Sunday School classes, spent summers in Vacation Bible School, and eventually graduated to the regular church. All along the way I was taught to pray. For salvation for myself, for my family, for the betterment of others.

I consider myself a caring man, although I do have a harsh streak inside of me. I sometimes have little pity for those who I perceive to have squandered chance after chance on poor decision making and still ask for assistance for others, oftentimes anybody they can get it from. I perceive they may not have any pride left and are just preying on others good will. Then I catch myself and ask "What if I was in their shoes, and I had not squandered chances but had them ripped away from me before they became manifest? How would I be?" I can say that in this world more and more live check to check, with little or no fall back options. And more and more are running out of options, relying on the goodwill of others to sustain them, either through charities, Government assistance, or just panhandling at the corner.

If pressed, I cannot say I would be any different.

This morning, I was thinking (a rare occurrence for me), at least this type of deep thinking. In 2011 a tornado hit my town and devastated it. For those of you who know me this is detailed in my hub Hell's Half Hour: The Joplin Tornado. In this story I hypothesized that Satan caused the storm in order to cause as much heartache as possible in order to force the town's people to turn from God, feeling He allowed the tragedy. In this manner Satan could gain souls for his army of darkness.

Then my thinking took a turn. Now, follow me here: I was putting out the garbage can and the strap that goes over the can to keep the lid on (we live in the country and our neighbors have dogs that run freely) came loose. It was raining, I was struggling to put the strap back in place and I had to laugh lest I cry. I thought to myself "Poor Satan; all he has to do is cause misery for others. How lonely that must be."

Yes, in that moment I felt sorry for Satan.

There are times that it feels like we are in his bulls eye more often than not. Just this year, my family has endured my stay in the hospital (atril fibrillation); another visit (choking on my dinner); the people leasing to own our home vacating it and causing over $10,000 damage; our taking them to court and winning a settlement (doesn't mean we'll ever collect anything); the subsequent assumed vandalism on my wife's vehicle to the tune of two tires being destroyed by said people; and now my wife involved in an accident (she's ok) and her vehicle currently in the shop. The other driver was without a license (can anybody say possible DUI offender?); his insurance is giving us the runaround by not admitting fault (Hello! He was taken away in handcuffs!) and not covering our rental car, her medical bills (for checkups to make sure nothing is wrong), and her vehicle being fixed. Our children have endured their own problems and it just feels like it is more than any family should have to endure. We struggle to do the right thing, treat others with respect, pray for and care for others and yet we feel like we are under constant attack. We need a break!

Whew! I'm okay now. Back on track: this morning. Yes, I felt sorry for Satan. Why, you ask? Didn't he bring it on himself? Yes, I suppose so. He got, in my vernacular, "above his raisin'". That's something you just don't do with God, He will take you down. Satan got his just desserts and will spend eternity in Hell. And that may be where he is supposed to be.

But think about it: we are supposed to pray for those less well off than we. Those poor souls who have fallen from grace, who do not have anything good going for them. Does Satan not fit that bill to a T? If we who are Christians "Do unto others as we would have others do unto you" should we not hope for a salvation for all who sin? Strange thought, that. Praying for the one who causes the most damage in this world to see the error of his ways?

Prayer can accomplish miracles. Prayer makes us feel better because we are conversing with God the Father. I pray daily, just little whispered nothings for my family, my co-workers, my friends, the world. It does not have to be an ordered, fill in the blanks prayer; it can be simple. We should pray for everyone to receive blessings; why not Satan? If he were to see a better way, perhaps the pain and suffering here on Earth would lessen and the people of the world might get along for a change.

Radical, I know. Praying for the king of the underworld to become "a better person". Unlikely as well. But really, how long does it take to whisper a prayer? Consider that if we all said a little ten second prayer for not just World Peace, or stopping hunger, or for our family to get along better, or to have a better paying job, or a hundred other little things we might pray about in our daily life we added in a little tidbit about Satan? Something like "Lord, Master of all things, I ask for Satan to be granted the wisdom to acknowledge his wrongdoing and know You are the God of all. In Jesus name I pray, Amen."

Would the world become a better place?

Who knows? I am a big "root cause" kind of guy. I believe in finding the root of the issue and taking care of it there. Take dandelions for instance; one cannot git rid of them by pulling the stem and leaves away. It will just grow back. One must dig down deep and remove every vestige of the root system; only then will you eliminate the weed. To me, the hurt, poverty, degradation, pain and suffering are at Satan's feet; not God's. So should we not pray for the one who causes the pain and suffering to seek a better way?

I realize some will see this as beyond their comfort zone, beyond their scope of forgiveness. I find it difficult to accept as well. But is this difficulty Satan's way of keeping his foothold in our lives, of forcing us to be what we do not want to be and halting us from being what we desire to be: loving, caring, Christian people who care more for others than we do for ourselves? Consider this as the ultimate Golden Rule test: if we can forgive the one who causes all of the pain in the world and ask forgiveness for him, are we not following in Jesus' footsteps by forgiving the devil.

Maybe the Rolling Stones weren't so far off the mark. Perhaps we should have "Sympathy for the Devil" after all.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Very interesting thought and concept, but it really does make sense, though I'm not sure it would do much good, considering we've always been taught that there is Heaven and then there is Hell and that is just the way it is and will always be, meaning Satan will always be.. .well, devilish.

      As for you and your family, keep praying and hang in there! Prayer is a powerful thing. Sometimes things seem like more than we can endure and then the storm passes, especially if discouragement doesn't take over for long. :) I'll pray for you as well.

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Hello there again - it took me a while but I finally got the words out. The hub is called "The devil dunnit" and I would like to hear your thoughts Mr Archer since it was your words that caused my brain to spawn this article.

      All the best

      Dan :)

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you Gypsy. Thoughts are what I was trying to provoke. Hope this finds you and yours well. Take care, Ma'am. Many blessings to you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A hub with a powerful message indeed. As the Lord leads me and guides me each day I can say no. that I don't think I could sympathize with the Devil. Perhaps a lot that is wrong with the world today is the work of the Devil himself. All in all one thought provoking write and a fascinating read.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Marie, thank you.

      Cris, we do have a choice, don't we? Thanks for the kudos. Blessings your way.

      livingsta, I appreciate your blessings. Right now my family could use a little extra. I am glad this stuck a chord with you. Maybe a prayer chain world wide would make a difference. Take care and many blessings returned to you.

      Dan, glad this could inspire you. I look forward to reading your hub; knowing you it will be thoughtful, deep, and well worth the read. Blessings to you Sir.

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Interesting hub... and it has set me thinking so thank you! The idea of praying for The Adversary from a place of compassion is a beautiful one - and clearly comes from somebody who has a big heart.

      I do not agree with attributing natural disasters to him, however. I could ramble on this topic here... or I could write a hub on the subject. Thank you for the inspiration - I will drop you a line when I'm done :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Why didn't we think like this before? How very true? Praying for satan to grant him wisdom. Very thoughtful and powerful Mr Archer. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I will include this in my daily prayers now.

      Sending you blessings

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great hub with a very powerful message. Indeed, we all have a choice. Very thought provoking on one brilliant topic to write about. Way to go!

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I may as well throw in my two cents' worth, Mike. You might even consider me one of the ones who have "taken the easy way out." Hmm. All energy comes from God and that which is not misqualified returns to him. The garbage left behind is what humans have misqualified on this planet and on personal levels as well. We have to re-ascert our divinity. Those beings who live in the higher octaves tell us, "Stop sinning!" God gives us pure energies daily, from moment to moment.

      If you perceive that Satan is the cause of all problems, then, by all means, pray for him. I personally no longer choose to ascribe good or evil to individual entities, rather I look to the Light that is within all and focus on that. Oh, yes, I have favorites in the upper realm: Jesus, Kuthumi, El Morya, Raphael, Mary, Kuan Yin, Goddess of Purity, and many others. When consciousness (the kingdom) is purified, evil simply cannot touch us.

      The Earth itself is going through many changes in an attempt to evolve to a higher vibration. More than ever, prayers and affirmations of love are necessary for the success of The Seventh Golden Age to commence.

      Pity, by the way, is a low vibration. Do not indulge in it. Focus on the light. Do not judge others as God has a plan for each soul. With all the things your family has been through, you still have what is most important--each other. That's what matters.

      God bless, and I'll probably send some edits on this one.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks Bill. Kind of different, but then again, so am I. Thanks my friend.

      Cheyenne, thanks to you as well. And there may be a few interesting comments, but then again maybe not. We'll see, won't we?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's not beyond my comfort zone at all, Mike, and I love the way your mind works. Great thoughts. Seems to me that praying for the Devil to find kindness and love makes perfect sense....in the meantime, I'm with you...find the root cause and start working on a solution.

      Love the message, buddy.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      It's a good thought, Mr. Archer. I'm not disputing that at all. I was just pondering and thinking out loud as well. I think it's a brilliant subject. The comments you receive should be interesting, for sure!

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      I agree with you, but my thrust is that by healing the source of the evil maybe those infected with the evil will themselves be healed. When we think of the seven deadly sins, they are of Satan, so if we could heal him maybe we could heal the ones who embody those sins.

      It was just a stray thought this morning and I decided to put it out there. It had never occurred to me before; don't know why it did now.

      Thanks for stopping by though. You take care and blessings be upon you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting thoughts Mr. Archer. I can see your point, but on the other hand, is it not up to us to not succumb to the devil's enticements? Sure, Satan offers the seed, but we humans must choose whether or not to allow the seed to be planted in our garden of life.

      I'm not sure Satan is to blame for poverty, devastation, loss of jobs, etc. I do think greed, selfishness, disregard for others and invasion of human rights are the result of human beings making bad choices. Humans choosing to take rather than work hard and give answer to Satan's call. It is those humans who infringe upon other humans rights and privacy and in turn cause destruction and catastrophe that are to blame. That is something God created within us as humans - the ability to make choices. I don't think we need to pray for Satan, I think we need to pray for the human souls that take the easy way out.