Paul Harvey, the most listed-to newsman was deeply concerned about the U.S. citizens abandoning God and morality.
We all have heard about instances where a particular thought shared by an individual seems bizarre at the time but a few years later their words appear to meet reality. It's almost as if they have the ability to look into a glass ball and see the distant future. A similar incident revolves around a particularly interesting radio talk show which used to be hosted by Paul Harvey in 1965. While not many would pay much heed to something that has been said 50 years ago, you may want to listen to what the man had to say.
Back then there was no internet, Paul Harvey had become a common household name at the time. Many used to tune in to the radio to hear Harvey, who was a devout Christian, reports Church POP. Among several incredible talks that he delivered in the past, there was one that seemed to be way ahead his time. Deeply concerned that people in the U.S. were abandoning God and morality he delivered an ominous warning of what the future had in store for the residents and when you hear this particular speech, I'm sure you'll be shocked to see how accurate he was.
Read the speech below:
"If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee.
So I’d set about however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: 'Do as you please.'
To the young, I would whisper that 'The Bible is a myth.' I would convince them that "man created God," instead of the other way around. I would confide that "what is bad is good and what is good is square."
In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.
And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — "Our father which are in Washington." Then I’d get organized.
I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.
I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.
I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.
I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.
I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”
With flattery and promises of power, I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.
Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.
Then in his own churches, I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.
If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg
And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.
Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.
If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.