[on looking into a mirror, on her own deathbed]: “If this is what virus pneumonia does to one, I really don’t think I shall bother to have it again.” –Gladys Cooper
“It’s better to go to funerals, than parties because Death is the end of every man and the living take it to heart.” –King Solomon
On January 5, 1962, one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes aired when I was not even a year old with Rod Sterling’s raspy introduction.
“An old woman living in a nightmare, an old woman who has fought a thousand battles with death and always won,” croaked the familiar voice. “Now she’s faced with a grim decision—whether or not to open a door. And in some strange and frightening way she knows that this seemingly ordinary door leads to the Twilight Zone.”
“Nothing in the Dark” told the story of an old woman who would not open her door for fear it would be Death, and if Death touched her she would die (Ironically, Death was played by Robert Redford, who is now 80 years old, and the role is quite reversed).
Gladys and Robert Redford in 1962
What does this have to do with Satan and our polarizing presidential election? Everything. Like the magician’s ploy, it’s all misdirection so we don’t see the real trick.
Clive Staples Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters in 1942 as a series of letters from an old, retired demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, a neophyte demon still learning his job…how to distract us from our real issue of sin and death and judgment.
Here’s a sample of their scheme to keep us from our real problem, as sick patients:
My Dear Wormwood,
Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control.
Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration, and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing.
Ensure the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself.
Keep up the good work,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
So fight and argue about “people you’ve never met,” and ignore the real issue that if you die in your sins tonight, without the saving grace of Jesus Christ’s death as your payment, you will be lose much, much more than an election.
As Jesus Said, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
Here’s the 1965 episode link: Nothing in the Dark