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Are You Helping the Devil Boo?

A children's church song teaches a truth some adults in the church of the Lord have not yet fully grasped. The song says simply, "The devil and me, we both agree-I hate him, and he hates me. Oh, the devil and me, we both agree-I hate him and he hates me; all my sins are washed away, I've been redeemed." That little song teaches a big truth. The devil has declared war on the redeemed and on the One who redeemed them! You can read about that war in Revelation 12 where the apostle John,- in apocalyptic language, describes the devil as "a great f iery dragon having seven heads and ten horns" and as "that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world" (12:3, 9). Throughout the chapter the devil is depicted by John as one big, bad, hateful creature who opposes God, Christ, and the church Jesus died for. Verse 17 ends the chapter telling us the dragon was enraged and that he went to make war with those who "keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

 The devil will never be found leading cheers for Christ and/or His church. Revelation 12: 10 describes him as "the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night." The devil's job title is "ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN," and he works 24/7/365. He is constantly and relentlessly accusing and finding fault with Christians. Revelation 12: 10 gives an important insight into much of the criticism and gossip and slander heaped upon the church of our Lord from outside and even inside. The devil hates us whether we ever get around to hating him or not. He is bent on discouraging, demoralizing, demeaning, damaging, and if possible, destroying Christians and the body of Jesus Christ. He is, and always will be, the church's chief critic. Someone has observed that critics are people who go places and boo things. The devil has been booing God and Christ and their people for ages. There is no reason to believe the booing will stop now.

How about you? Are you helping the devil boo, or are you leading cheers for Christ, Christians, and the church and work of God on earth? Criticism is inevitable for those seeking to do the will of God. The devil booed a sinless Christ all the way to the cross. Criticism can be needed and even helpful if the truth is spoken in a spirit of love. But nobody ever moved up spiritually by continually running others down. How many people in God's kingdom do you criticize, and how often? How many preachers, elders, song leaders, or other servants? The devil is accusing and booing the brethren. Are you helping the devil boo?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ