KAREN: Should I call you Satan?
SATAN: King Satan or Prime Demonizer are my preference. I’ll also answer to Lord of Darkness or Our Unholy Earth Father.
KAREN: Okay, Satan it is. It’s so easy for our viewers to see the horrid acts you are responsible for in today’s world…
SATAN: Oh, thank you for the compliment. I’m so glad people are noticing my work today. Even someone in my position sometimes wonders if he’s truly making a difference.
KAREN: You consider what you do making a difference?
SATAN: Oh, yes! What would this world be without me? All harps and fluffy clouds and happy people and good apples. No! No! No! How boring would that be? A world without sin and chaos is no world at all. Sin! I hate that word! He (pointing up) came up with that word, you know. It just sounds bad – sssssin! Most people know it’s really just the fun the self-proclaimed Big Guy doesn’t want them to have.
KAREN: Let’s move on. Since your work today is so… vivid, let’s go back. What do you consider to be one of your most successful acts in Biblical times?
SATAN: Not counting the obvious?
KAREN: The obvious?
SATAN: Adam and Eve. My pride and joy. But everyone knows about them.
KAREN: Adam and Eve? But wasn’t God ultimately in control of…
SATAN: Wait! Wait! Yes! There is so much to choose from. But I am going to have to say Legion.
KAREN: The demoniac?
SATAN: Yes. Oh, wasn’t he just divine? Oh, bad word choice. Wasn’t he perfectly wretched? I didn’t just send one of my demons to possess him, you know. He had many weak spots, that man. I sent an entire legion of demons, and he let them right in. (laughing) People thought he was mad!
KAREN: Wasn’t he?
SATAN: It was the demons, really. Ah, they were just having some fun with him.
KAREN: Fun? He was living like an animal, Satan. He lived in the tombs, bound and shackled by the locals who were afraid of him. He’d break free and run naked out of the desert and into the town streets and attack people.
SATAN: (laughing) Oh, you should have seen it - the things they made him eat and do to himself. Funny stuff. Those demons were some of my best soldiers, but they knew how to have a good time.
KAREN: Even with all of Legion’s weaknesses, Jesus came along and saved and healed him, Satan.
SATAN: Yes. But my demons had a good time of it, and many of my demons today consider them heroes and are inspired by them. We may have lost Legion, but I'm sure my demons since then have gained so many more because of the accomplishments of Legion's demons.
KAREN: But didn’t Jesus destroy Legion's demons?
SATAN (fidgeting and nervous): You mean the pigs? That wasn’t Jesus, and it couldn’t have been foreseen. The demons decided to have some fun with the pigs. How could they have known the pigs were all going to drown themselves? But look at the havoc they wreaked with Legion before they perished. They were very worthy soldiers.
KAREN: Jesus sent them into the pigs, Satan.
SATAN (growing angry): At the demons’ request!
KAREN: And you consider it coincidence that the entire herd of pigs rushed into the river and drowned?
SATAN: What else could it be?
KAREN: So Jesus saved Legion, showing the world His love and destroyed your demons, showing the world His power, and you consider this your success? Do you have any real success stories, Satan?
SATAN: (yanks off his lapel microphone) This interview is over! You dare to mock me! I am Satan! Do you know what I can do to you? (walking out)
KAREN: Absolutely nothing without God’s permission. Jesus has already saved me.
*You can read about the demoniac in Luke 8:26-39.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
KAREN: Should I call you Satan?