If you haven’t heard of this story you probably don’t follow the news much. Or at all…
The phrase was a chant by pro-abortionists in the Texas capitol over the legislative action to limit abortions to pregnancies that are more than 20 weeks along. Last report was the chant was “F…k the church”! Twitter was alive with tweets on this for several days from both sides of the question. Strangely, the Church of Satan put one out distancing their organization from the chanters in Texas. They seemed embarrassed! Of course I think most tweets were critical of the chanters.
One question came out; do you think pro-abortion folks worship Satan? I think most agreed that in this case they were worshipping Satan and some even congratulated them for their honesty! At least they admitted it.
I think we need to look at the meaning of the word “worship” first. Some definitions of worship I found were these: “to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power” and this: “great or excessive love, admiration, and respect felt for somebody or something”. I also looked up the Church of Satan and picked up that there were two kinds of Satanism, theistic and atheistic. Theistic would tie in with the Judeo/Christian idea of a good and evil force in the world; God and Satan. Atheistic seems more to be in the realm of secular humanism i.e. they worship man and his science or studies. There is more to it than that, but I’m not going to go further for this article.
So in the case of the chanters, I think it is clear that they would be honoring man or Satan above God any way we look at it.
But rather than enter into hasty judgment and sentencing, I think we need to take a look at our own worship practices! The concept of worshipping “something” also exists in most of our lives. Worship can also include these things and more: money, power, cars, just to name a few, where we have an excessive love and admiration. I don’t have to say it, but I will: We are all guilty of worshipping man in some ways!
But as my parents used to say: “two wrongs don’t make a right”! No, not their original saying, I think that most of my friends near my age used to hear that too. So I’m not condoning either behavior. I can judge, but I’ll leave the punishment to God. And as tempting as it is to say “everyone else is doing something wrong”, it doesn’t justify my wrongful actions. The other favorite from my parents and their generation was “If all your friends jumped off a cliff would you”?
To the folks who do believe in Satan or man, you have every right to your beliefs and who you choose to worship. That is your choice. This article isn’t meant to offend you, just to acknowledge your deity.
To those of us who say we believe in God, we need to take a serious look at how we worship Him via what we are worshipping besides him. Hearing others admit they are worshipping Satan can be shocking to us, but maybe a wakeup call to us too. Maybe our actions are also sending the same message “Hail Satan”.
There really are two choices, but you can’t worship both God and man!