But there is another, sobering, essay by Harvey that I would like you all to listen to. It was originally written way back in 1964 and updated through the years to this version, an audio recorded sometime in 1999:
As I said, this was begun in 1964, when the war in Vietnam was starting to escalate, when Timothy Leary was pushing drugs on his students, when the hippie counter-culture was beginning to open up.
Let's see how much of Paul Harvey's original essay has come true (italics are mine)...
If I Were the Devil
If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.
I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.
How much of the world and it's population right now is under totalitarianism? Communism? Corrupt democracies? How much of it is suffering famine or war?
So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.
Who is in control of the United States right now?
I would 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.”
Isn't that the mantra of liberalism? To do whatever you want regardless of the consequences?
To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”
God was thrown out of schools, the courts, and city hall; to even mention God nearly everywhere is to invite a lawsuit.
In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.
Welfare is the new norm; eating, drinking, and making merry the chosen lifestyle, while those who choose to be Christian and patriotic towards America are frowned upon, or worse.
And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which art in Washington.”
The new solution to everything is to let government fix it. Government is worshiped, to the point where it has to grow at every opportunity.
Then I’d get organized.
I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.
Porn is now part of everyday literature.
I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.
Sex and violence are a part of daily television broadcasting, including insertion into video gaming.
I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.
Unions now demand that lazy members get full pay for nothing instead of being fired.
I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
Gangs bring narcotics into the states at will; the prescription drug culture is increasing; more and more Americans are turning to farming pot or making meth.
If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.
Test scores are down, violence is up. And who is running the schools?
I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”
Atheists are in the forefront, pushing a hatred of God on the populace as if He's a fairy tale, and getting many of the clergy to side with them.
With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.
Remember the People vs. Larry Flynt? Remember Madelyn Murray O'Hair? There are daily news stories about one atheist group or another threatening legal action against anyone on God's side.
Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.
Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.
Evolution and atheism are the new religious beliefs.
If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg
Because Christ's resurrection was rejected in favor of the pagan Ishtar story.
And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
Because they want Christ's birth to be sidelined. They want Christians to be sidelined.
If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.
It's called socialism, which the current president confirmed to a plumber named Joe in 2008.
Then my police state would force everybody back to work.
The current president wants a civilian force as large and as powerful as the Army. For what purpose? Gestapo? KGB? Is there a drone flying over your house now?
Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.
Those who are opposed to Obama's policies are demonized, attacked, discredited, in accordance with Saul Alinsky's methods. The camps are yet to come.
If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world [would] go to hell as sure as the Devil.
The Devil has been attempting to do that for a long time, but he lost the moment the stone rolled away and Jesus walked out of that tomb nearly two thousand years ago. The Bible says that Jesus is returning, during which the end times described in Mathew 24 pretty-much agree with what Paul Harvey described in his essay above.
So, what choice do YOU intend to make? Side with the Devil and become one of his useful idiots all the way to an ignominious fate?
Or side with Christ, and be given eternal life? The choice is yours.