Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: WIN (02/14/19)
TITLE: Wires and Glass
By Corinne Smelker
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Oh my badness, it has been an age since we last talked. And now with the new technologies our wards use, we really have no excuse. Will you Skype me next week? I also put whatsapp on my phone so I can text no matter what level of hell I’m currently supervising. Thanks for the amazing gift of unique brimstone that you sent to celebrate my promotion to ‘Level 10 Tormenter – Blue Screen of Death and Eternal Colored Wheel of Nothingness’. It has been amazing watching our charges lose their fragile little minds as they watch their nonworking screens.
This technology is absolutely amazing, the things we can do with it! And I am not even talking the ‘dark web’, which of course, Our Father takes full credit for; I’m talking about the wonderful time-wasters like YouTube (have you seen Dr. Pimple Popper?), Amazon, streaming movies and shows, and those awful kitten memes.
We still can’t figure out who came up with this Internet stuff. The Enemy Above says his people did, Our Father Below maintains it was us. But at the end of eternity, who cares? There are so many ways to turn this to our good (and by that I mean bad). Let me give you a couple of examples:
Just a hundred years ago if we wanted to deter one of the enemy’s people from choosing to spend time with him (I still can’t understand how they do it – how does he speak to them?) we had to really pull out all the stops. Today? Plant a thought in their mind that they can watch their favorite pastor through something called ‘streaming’. Then tell them, “You can listen, read or watch any time, but right now, check out this ‘Top 10 Dumbest People’.” It’s almost too easy! “Any time” never comes if you’re clever enough.
However, that is just part of the battle, in order to win the war, we need to get smart and use this technology against the Enemy and his people. I can hear you already protesting, “What about the ‘good’ things on the Web, like the Bible (ugh, I hate that word) apps, and the church websites, and the devotional sites and the…”
Here’s the thing, even 10 years ago we had a hard time getting through to the most dedicated of Our Enemy’s people because they’d take their Bibles everywhere and read them daily. They’d mark the darn things up, make notes and talk to each other about it. Once I tried to stop a preacher by causing a tornado in the church whilst he was preaching. That backfired… never mind about that now, it was definitely a low point in my career as Tormenter.
These days most of Our Enemy’s people have smart phones. They carry their lives on those small blocks of wires and glass, including, and this is important, their Bibles. No more marking up pages, no more, “Oh wow, this chapter is really interesting, let’s see what the next one holds.” Nope – now they just take a cursory look at the ‘verse of the day’, maybe read a short devotional and consider it done.
The rest of those 24 hours are ours. We can inundate them with social media. Oh, what a gift from Our Father Below! And with news streams, 24-hour access to current events, and memes that stir up anger, fear and hatred towards others, we are sitting pretty. I love watching the little worms get all worked up because someone posted something they vehemently disagree with. Tweeting is so much fun, don’t you think? We have created some great tweets and used our best people to post them.
Every generation has something we have used to our advantage to triumph over Our Enemy Above. I know he thinks he will win against us; he even tells his little worms so in that blasted book he wrote. Nevertheless with this great time-waster, AKA, the Internet, we can make a huge dent in the number of his followers, and increase the numbers for our side.
I can’t wait to Skype with you next week, and remember, you can find me on Facebook. Follow me – Diabolica Dagon, I’m the only one on there!
In tribute to C.S. Lewis and “The Screwtape Letters”.
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