At first glance you’d want to think the headline is a joke “Group Unveils Satan Statue for Oklahoma Capitol“. Then as you read, you realize it’s for real. Most Christian’s will start by feeling confused, then scared, and finally angry. Sure enough the same people who claimed that Phil Robertson’s rights were violated will begin to write their congressman and petition and most likely start protesting. While others who aren’t quite sure what to think will resort to “it’s time to start praying”. However, despite the disagreement that the two groups have, Christians should stay out of the way and even quietly support the statue. Here’s why:
1. The same rights that allow Christian’s the right to protest and evangelize, are the same rights that protect every other religious and non-religious group. If you want to continue speaking your mind in public, the same right must be given to others.
2. Having a statue of Satan actually helps promote your case for God. In a time when non-belief is growing among the population, at least Satanist’s are on your side with faith and belief. Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
3. What’s there to be afraid of? At the end of the day, what harm will it cause you or your church? Are you afraid your kids will ask questions and you’ll actually have to answer them? Are you afraid the gospel of Jesus can’t overcome a statue of his adversary?
4. It an opportunity for Christian’s to step back and say “our beliefs and message are more than statues and politics”
I say let them and every other group (including the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) build a statue. Level the playing field. Then let the words and actions and message of the group speak for themselves. Much like Elijah did with the prophets of Baal. Let them do their thing and you quietly do yours. In the end you will see who truly has “the truth”.