"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse!" Don Vito Corleone
This may come as a shock to many of you, but I've only seen the first of the three Godfather movies. And I've just recently watched that one within the last couple of years. I know, I know, Heresy! I don't know how it's escape me, but it did. I thought I was up to date on my pop culture, but hey, a few can slip through the cracks, right!? In viewing the infamous gangsta movie that's the king of all gangsta movies, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the Corleone organization and the way the devil is organized.
Vito Corleone was the head of the Corleone family, and what he said was law. He ran a tight ship, and expected nothing less than the utmost loyalty from the family members. He had power and wielded it with expertise honed to perfection over the years. Fear was the motivator of choice ruling the hearts and minds of men like chattel. If there was something he wanted, an offer was made in a way that let you know that Corleone was going to get what he wanted one way or another. Either you lived with his decision or you died attempting to deter his grip over your life. Vito Corleone was one evil dude in that he had a soft mask, but at his core he was cold as ice. He was a killer, murderer, brawler, and thug. The fruits of his tree was corrupt, and his organization members were just as bad, if not worst than he was. Well, Satan is similar to Don Vito in a number of ways which caused me to look at the evil empire like a Mafia crime family bent on power, control, and the propagation of fear.
Satan, our enemy, is the head of an organization of fallen beings from the heavens. They are bent on destroying you and your family because your presence is a threat to their operation. Thus, you and your family must be annihilated and destroyed. He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, and his boys do the same. They are workers of iniquity leading and influencing the hearts and minds of men to do likewise. They are powerful, have had many centuries of practice, and have an understanding and knowledge about humans the likes of which Einstein would probably have a problem comprehending. Therefore, it's important that we come under the salvation of Jesus Christ. Through Christ we're free from a life of sin, and are free to live according to God's way unabated.
Thanks be to the lord Jesus Christ for His saving work on Calvary! Come through the doorway of Christ to green pastures of peace, prosperity, and spiritual restoration! Christ has utterly made an open show of the fallen one and his crew of crazed sons of rebellion conquering death and making an open show of Satan and gang! Abide in the vine of Jesus and you are assured safety in the mist of storms. You're not guaranteed smooth sailing, but you are guaranteed that whatever happens in your life is for your good and not for your destruction. Thus, worship the Father for the act of redemption through His son Jesus, and give Him the praise! May the grace of Jesus Christ be with you!
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