I am almost done reading Peter Hitchens book The Rage Against God: How Atheism Lead Me to Faith, and as he is discussing the fanatical devotion possessed by the Communists of the Soviet Union and other godless despots when it comes to separating children from any and all ties to religion*, he gives (on p.200) this chilling quote from 11/6/1933 speech by Adolph Hitler:
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I say calmly, ‘Your child belongs to us already…. What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.'”
On reading that, it hit me that this has been among Satan’s most successful approaches all along: achieve with each new generation what you could not with the previous one. And where the children go, so goes the future.
I was reminded of a blog post that I wrote back in early 2007 that expounds on this topic in more depth than I have the time to here: “Satan’s Plan for the Family: Divide and Conquer.” Some of you might want to click through to read it. Regardless, a comment I make at the end of that post is meant to reassure us:
“Yet, as Paul says, ‘we are not ignorant of his devices’ (2 Cor. 2:11) and knowing of your enemy’s plans is one of the crucial first steps to defeating him.”
I would hasten to add that the next step is to act on what you know.
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* Worthwhile correction noted in the Comments, below.