In case you were wondering, the devil’s coming to Oklahoma, more specifically the Civic Center in Oklahoma City. I’m serious.
Before you throw me into the boat with the Westboro gang, let me assure you that I’m not prophesying some sort of Old Testament wrath on my home state. What I’m talking about here is much more tangible.
On Sept. 21, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, an Oklahoma-based satanic group, is planning to hold a “black Mass” in their state capitol’s own Civic Center.
You can go online to buy tickets and everything.
This is not the first time that Satan and ORU’s state of choice have been caught looking each other in the eye.
Satanism and Oklahoma have been doing some sort of dirty dance for the past few months, which includes the LaVeyan Satanic Temple’s recent plan to construct a seven-foot statue next to the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma City.
The recent spring of multiple satanic groups working for religious acceptance in Oklahoma has garnered a great deal of confusion. Oklahoma’s rather beloved governor, Mary Fallin, ran into some trouble when she accidentally called out the wrong satanic group while opposing the proposed black Mass.
This isn’t just happening in Oklahoma. Harvard University was recently in a similar black mass situation and, by the grace of G-d, it was cancelled. Maybe He’ll give our state the same mercy, but we have to pray for Him do it.
Now, the question of legality plagues the red state’s battle against what is defined by most everyone to be a struggle for morality, good versus evil, the whole-9-yards.
Under the American first amendment which promises freedom of religion, LaVey and his more atheistic group of Satanists have the right to raise up their image of a goat-headed figure and children. Even so, the actions of this group cannot violate the rights of others.
As much as the notion troubles a great deal of Oklahomans, there is no legal obligation for the state to deny this uncomfortable, yet legal, service.
Despite solid legal standing, the black Mass has still raised controversy in the center of the “Bible Belt.”
The black Mass may have the right to rent out the center like anyone else, but the nature of the Mass itself is bringing legal questions.
The event typically goes through a number of lewd acts that mock the traditional Catholic Mass. The head of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, a registered sex offender, has said that they would tone down the event to coincide with Oklahoma law. That has not stopped a lawsuit from rising up.
The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City had originally sued the satanic group for stealing consecrated communion wafer from the Church but has since dropped the charges as the result of the return of the stolen property.
What does this mean for Christians? How should those believing this is pure evil react? How would Christ react?
I don’t have all the answers, though I cannot advocate violence and hate-speak toward even a group of individuals caught up in Satanism. I don’t think Christ would advocate that either.
Instead, it’s the responsibility of Christians to pray for those involved and to stay within the law. That means you can’t burn the Civic Center to the ground or anything. We can’t take this into our own hands. We’ve got to leave it to God, and pray.