DEVIL or JESUS?

A friend sent out an email of a writing of Paul Harvey’s and then I have one by Chuck Cannon & Phil Madeira. Paul Harvey wrote his: “If I Were The Devil”. Chuck Cannon & Phil Madeira wrote: “If I Were Jesus”. I would like to paraphrase both of these.
NOTE: Tim Danyels of North Anderson Baptist Church recently delivered a sermon on “IF I WERE THE DEVIL”. Following is a link to his talk; it would certainly be worth your time to listen. Thank you Tim!
http://northandersonbaptist.com/?p=4799
If I were the devil:
If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.
So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.
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.”
I would caution people not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.
And I would teach them to pray — to say after me — “Our father which art in Washington .”
I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.
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.
If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.
 
With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.
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.
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.
If I were Satan I‘d just keep doing what I’m doing.
 
If I Was Jesus,
I might have real long hair
A robe and some sandals, maybe what I’d wear.
I’d lay my life down for you;
And show you who’s the boss.
I’d forgive you and adore you
While I was hanging on your cross.
If I Was Jesus:
I’d have some friends that were poor.
I’d run around with the wrong crowd, man I’d never be bored.
I’d heal a blind man, get myself crucified
By politicians and preachers, who have something to hide.
I’d lay my life down for you;
And show you who’s the boss.
I’d forgive you and adore you
While I was hanging on your cross.
If I Was Jesus:
I’d come back from the dead;
And even walk on water, now that would mess with your head.
I know your dark little secrets, I’d look you right in the face
And I’d tell you I love you, with Amazing Grace.
I’d lay my life down for you;
And show you who’s the boss.
I’d forgive you and adore you
While I was hanging on your cross.
If I Was Jesus.
What would you do if you were Jesus? First, I would pray for His divine knowledge to replace my Satan inspired secular knowledge. I wear a braclet, actually two, that have printed on them; WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? This is not only something to think about before you “do something” but What Would You Do If You Were Jesus? I will never earn the right to even stand in His presence, muchless be identified as Him. But He told me that by His own grace, I was His Brother. Unreal!!! Jesus Christ is telling others that I am His Brother. I sure do not want to disappoint Him. What would I do, if I heard Him say:
Matthew 7:23 New International Version (NIV); “Then I (JESUS) will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
I actually, would rather die than disvow my Lord either in words or actions. How important is it for you to hear:
Matthew 25:23a (NIV); “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Think about it. Certainly you can strive to be a faithful servant…but good??
Romans 10:12b (NIV); “There is no one who does good.”
Think about it. We can try as hard as we want, but we still sin. BUT!! As long as we are truly trying and are repentant, God is Okay with it, but only because of His grace.
Bill Davis