Framing the Dialogue

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Up Jumps the Devil

“The guests were always different, and always kind of the same. They might be rich or poor. They were always surprised by the lights and cameras. They always seemed a little scared of John Scratch, whom they recognized because, like everyone, they had seen his show. His wonderful, terrible show…’Hand me those napkins,” he said, coughing blood. “I’m trying not to bleed on the leather.” He’d been shot before. In fact, there were very few things that had not happened to him, because John Scratch really was the Devil. The actual Devil. In a limo with Jenna Steele, a bag of Mexican weed, and six bullets in him.”

Campaigning

politiciansWhile walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

The Screwtape Letters

If you had ever asked yourself who the devil might be tempting you to the dark side you might be weird, inquisitive, have too much time on your hands or most likely all three.  Some of the darkest days of our recent history, World War II, provided the setting for a series of letters from a “senior” devil to his devil-in-training as he attempts to lure a man to the dark side. The Screwtape Letters is kind of like listening to one side of a telephone conversation in that C. S. Lewis only treats us to Screwtape’s (the senior from the netherworld) letters to his intern, Wormwood.