February 1st - National Serpent Day
If you are my friend on Facebook, you know that I enjoy listing the “National Days” on my Facebook wall. Sometimes they are funny, like “National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day,” or “National Drinking Straw Day.” Other days they are meaningful such as, “National Save the Eagles Day.” I like to list the National Days to break the monotony of angry posts or puzzling posts – you know, those are the posts that cause us to scratch our heads and ask, “And why do we need to know that?”
Today I looked at the calendar and it is National Serpent Day. I thought to myself, “I’m not posting that. Ewwwww.” Driving to work this morning, the verse in Genesis that teaches, “The serpent was the craftiest of all the animals in the Garden,” came to mind.
The term “snake in the grass” describes someone who is untrustworthy. The term was coined to describe a treacherous person alluding to a poisonous snake. The snake is unseen at first glance and hides in tall grass hoping that no one notices them. The term was first used in 37 b.c. by the Roman poet Virgil. B.C. – yes, that means the poet came up with this derogatory term 37 years before Christ was born.
Christians must be keenly aware of the tactics Satan uses to mask his serpent personality. He often uses subtle words to hide his true meaning. Sometimes he uses charasmatic individuals to pull us in. Paul was adamant that Christians put on the full armor of God; not for physical battle but for the battle fought in the heavenly realm. Hollywood calls it, “good versus evil.” Followers of Christ know it as the ongoing battle between God and Satan. Satan is a liar.
One of my sons taught “Communications in Politics” at the university level for six years. He taught college-aged kids to understand that people (not just politicians) know the exact words to slip into conversations or speeches to hook their targeted group(s). Words like, “prayer,” and “God,” and “blessings.” If Christ’s Church is not careful, the serpents of today will hook us and trip us up by playing on what we want to hear; not based what God said or what God means. It’s the oldest trick in the Book. The Bible tells us that Satan, the serpent, took words from God’s mouth and twisted them. There was just enough truth that Eve and Adam listened. Satan knew exactly what he was doing as does the serpents that plague us today.
I suspect the story sheds some light on our need for the full armor of God. Eve fell for half-truths and the “hook” words. Adam simply wasn’t paying attention
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:10-12