When I was a kid, I’d watch matinées at the Princess Theatre. In glorious back and white, the hero would fight off monsters, villains, and all forms of evil, win the love of the girl, and live happily ever after. The good guys would always win and justice was always served.
It was pretty clear who the good guys were. They wore white hats. The bad guys wore black hats.
In the Bible, it is pretty clear who the good guy is. He is God. And it is pretty clear who the bad guy is. He is Satan. But there is a problem. Unlike the old movies, the bad guy switches hats.
This found its way into movies as well and the evil in the movies became more difficult to distinguish from the good. The formula changed and the bad guys cleverly disguised themselves as good guys. Instead of straight forward evil, it was subtle and looked the same as the good guys. And when evil was discovered it was not always vanquished. Sometimes the good guys lost.
As you read the stories in the Bible you will discover this also plays out more often as we near the final times of this earth. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14).
How does he do this? He is the ultimate bad guy. According to his followers, Satan, also known as Lucifer, is the bringer of light and the morning star. This is no coincidence since Jesus, God, is the light of the world (John 8:12) and the bright morning star (Rev 22:16). It is clear that Satan wants to be god.
To do this he disguises himself as good. For example, murder of babies is called woman’s right to choose. Sexual immorality is hidden behind a ‘no offence’ policy in which we are free to do whatever we want. If this sounds familiar, check out the Satanic motto: “Do what thou wilt.”
There are other examples in which the Biblical foundation of many of our nations and cultures are being replaced by the immorality of a hedonistic ideology, that has as its core, the Satanic charge to do whatever you want. In this way of life there are no consequences.
Those who still live by the Biblical ethics are considered the enemy. We are the poor old-fashioned people who at best are simply lost or asleep and at worst are terrorists bent on destroying all the freedom and progress society has made.
God is the bad guy; Satan is the good guy.
This is what is happening in modern Canada. As reported in Global News January 10, 2018, the Canadian Prime Minister said that those who do not agree with abortion are “not in line with where we are as a government and, quite frankly, where we are as a society.”
His government even made it compulsory that if you are to receive certain federal government funds, you had to sign a form stating that you agreed with abortion and homosexuality. (Global News December 15, 2017)
The language the government uses for Biblical based and other organizations not agreeing with these things is designed to make evil good and good evil. We are anti-abortion, homophobic, and against the rights of all individuals as listed in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights.
And this is how Satan works. After all he is very good at his jobs to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
He steals what is good and calls it bad. He kills the moral foundation of civil society and calls it progress. He destroys families and lives and calls it human rights.
As a Canadian this offends me. As a Christian, this is an act of war against us and our God. God is love. That is his character (1 John 4:16). Satan wants to be a god so he must first dispose the real God. He is trying to do this by switching hats and convincing the world that God is not love and he is. And that God is the one who steals, kills and destroys.
But do not lose heart!
This only appears to be working. In the end, God’s love saves those who follow him and reject Satan. Satan’s hate for us is exposed and those who follow him will be condemned. Remember we do have free will.
Andy Becker is a pastor, retired counsellor and former CEO of a Hospice organization. Currently, his wife, Stella and Andy, lead both Lighthouse ministries and Bread of Life ministries in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest neighborhoods. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.