The Devil in Your School

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted October 03, 2016

The Satanic Temple, an American political activist organization, will open an After School Satan Club at Sacramento Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on October 19. Their effort was prompted in response to the Good News Club, a Christian-based afterschool program started by the Child Evangelism Fellowship. A spokesperson for the Satanic Temple states their club will focus on “science and rational thinking” and “promote benevolence and empathy for everybody.”

The After School Satan Club explains on its website: “Across the nation, parents are concerned about encroachments by proselytizing evangelicals in their public schools, and are eager to establish the presence of a contrasting voice that helps children to understand that one doesn’t need to submit to superstition in order to be a good person.”

In 1991, the Supreme Court ruled that if schools allow outside organizations to use school property after hours, they must permit any organization, religious or secular, to do so. According to the head of the local Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple, most members of their organization are atheists who see “Satan as an allegory for free thought.” He said the After School Satan Club is intended to directly counter the Good News Club.

Is the devil just a fable, a merely symbol of free thought? Ironically, the After School Satan Club’s logo pictures a cartoon figure of a funny-looking professor with horns and a pointed goatee. But these depictions of Satan are no laughing matter. Rather, Jesus said that Satan “is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). The apostle Paul warned that “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Satan is always seeking to deceive people in an effort to turn them away from their Creator. He is a thief who comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). He will use whatever lies that help him in this work—whether it’s him being seen as nothing more than a counterculture symbol of freethought or as a cartoon figure that God has put in charge of hell.

Satan wants to be presented as an angel of light, but it’s important that people know the truth about him—to separate him from the fiction of the After School Satan Club and the fictions within the Christian faith. While little can be done about the club meeting on school grounds, Christians like you can do a lot for the kingdom of God by sharing the truth about the devil.

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