Next to a Christmas tree, near a menorah, and not far from a baby Jesus crèche, is a symbol of Satanism. And it’s in the rotunda of the Illinois statehouse, invoking a satanic merry Christmas this year. The sculpture, called “Snaketivity,” depicts a snake around a woman’s hand holding an apple. As in the photo above, a plaque features the Baphomet demon symbol and pentagram with the words “Knowledge is the Greatest gift.” This absurdity is the work of the publicity-hungry Satanic Temple organization, the new millennium incarnation of Anton Lavey’s Church of Satan.
The State of Illinois defends this grotesque display by claiming the First Amendment requires such a ludicrous, offensive stunt. And what if the Rene Guyon Society, which advocates for sex with children (Their slogan is “Sex before eight or else it’s too late.”) wants to have pederasty displayed on a pedestal next year, who’s to stop them?
This Satanic Temple group is the same bunch who sued Warner Bros. for using an image of their statue of Baphomet (the cloven-hoofed, goat-horned image of Lucifer) in the TV series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” This is the new teenage witch show that features the Riverdale teen selling her soul to Satan, drinking human blood, and eating human flesh. That this tiny group of Luciferian malcontents should infringe upon the spiritual sensitivities of millions of taxpaying citizens of Illinois is beyond comprehension. Let’s get something straight; in Illinois, advocates of the satanic Temple represent approximately .0002% of the population. Not 2%. Not .02%. Not even .002%. This travesty is only possible with judicial and legislative insanity out of control.
On the other hand, this publicity stunt is pathetically humorous. Psalm 2:4 says of those who defy God, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision” (NKJV). Or as the NIV states, “The Lord scoffs at them.” And someday, as the following verse says, the Lord will rebuke such in his anger and terrify them in his wrath. Satanists may have placed a symbol of Lucifer in Illinois, but the Lord says this Christmas season, in this Messianic Psalm, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
An encouraging word: HOW TO APPROACH GOD
“With what shall I come before the Lord?” That rhetorical question, asked by the prophet Micah (1:6), introduces his lament that God wants more than the formality of sacrifices done out of some ritualistic formality. God will not be pleased even with “thousands of rams” (v. 7). The Lord wants us, our praise, our worship, our contriteness, and our whole heart. Approaching God with the works of our hands brings His rebuke. Bowing before Him with brokenness and repentance brings his favor and blessing.