I Timothy 4:1 (NLT) “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.”
CBS has launched this fall a show entitled “Evil”.
According to the official CBS website: “ ‘Evil’ is a psychological mystery that … focuses on … investigat(ing) the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.”
I understand and value the importance of freedom of expression. As a former high school drama student, I recognize the importance of creativity and entertainment. I accept that “Evil” has made it to a major television network because of the great freedoms embodied in our Constitution and system of laws.
So, my reason for passing on this show has nothing to do with the question of “How?” My reason for passing on the show really stems around the question of “Why?”
Specifically, “Why does the world need to observe the salacious interplay of the demonic with young children?” The cast of “Evil” includes what appears to be four young girls, all who appear to be under age 13. It just does not seem appropriate that such a young cast should be involved with a mature subject as demons.
Believers should know all too well that demons are not just plastic ghouls and goblins displayed in aisle 13 of the local costume shop. Demons are real as evidenced in the Bible’s account of Legion in Mark Chapter 5. According to the text, he lived among the tombs, cut himself with stones and was incapable of being bound with chains.
Demons are not fantasy like the proverbial “monster under the bed” or “troll in the closet.” These young ladies likely have no idea that demonic forces do not cease when the director yells “Cut.”
More significantly (and recently) we have seen the fruit of demonic forces in the horrific death of a much younger girl — Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney. Her 3-year-old body was found inside a dumpster. Or who can forget the Kentucky man who delivered a fatal punch to his 1-month-old child after losing a video game?
These acts were perpetrated by persons who are demented, disturbed and, yes, demon-possessed. There is no question that these tragic deaths typify the unfortunate state of our world. There is a question of do we really appreciate that demons (and their depiction) are not child’s play?
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal.” For more information about booking Andrae, go to andraecrismon.org.