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Re: Sssss! You're Fired!

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by your brethren in the world." (1Pt5:8-9)

    "For I know this, that after my departure vicious wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock." (Ac20:29)

    "Her rulers within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that do not leave the bones till the morning." (Zep3:3)

Reality TV disgusts me. What they devise as they purport to present 'real' people doing 'real' things, has nothing to do with reality. It is staged. However, I am also a people watcher; and some episodes of some reality shows do provide the occasional eye-opener to human nature, and useful object lesson.

In particular, I don't care for the "Apprentice" show with Donald Trump. So pretentious; and "the Donald" is not the sort of person I care for, nor would care to be around. And besides... I am happy living at what the IRS might consider the "poverty" level.

But this past January the show featured "celebrities" as contestants. This one particular episode featured Gene Simmons (of 70s K.I.S.S. rock fame); the serpent's "tongue"; as Wikipedia defines him, the "demon". While I never took part in that culture back then, I saw enough as an outsider to notice the overall satanic themes. The rumors were that "K.I.S.S." stood for "Knights in Satan's Service"; although the group apparently denies it. But if satan is the "father" of lies (Jn8:44), it would not be beyond reality if that is what the acronym actually means. But we don't need to belabor that point; it's not germane to this writing. In a quick search I could not find any alternative meanings as to 'what' it actually might stand for.

What we want to focus on right now is the "demon's" behavior in this particular episode I decided to watch. He was assigned as 'leader' to the otherwise all-female team. The project the two teams competed over was an advertising campaign for a new "ink" that Kodak had come up with. They showed the huge stack printed with the new Kodak ink, next to the small stack printed with some other ink. The objective of the campaign, by the Kodak executives, was to promote this new -INK-.

The all-male team had some technical setbacks and their display was not as 'slick' as they wanted, but they -won-. Gene Simmons' group, even though their presentation was slick, -lost-. Why? Because the male team promoted "ink", and the female team, led by Simmons, promoted a generic "Kodak family" feel-good sort of presentation. The Simmons team missed, entirely, the -primary- aspect about the "ink". There were several reasons why they missed it; but here we get to the whole point of these rambling comments...

When Simmons knew they had lost, and was being told 'why'...the lack of "ink"...he would not accept it. I am right, the Kodak executives are "wrong"....our display was the 'right' display...I know more than the Kodak executives. The Kodak executives may -think- they want to promote "ink", but I know better, and my presentation was the "right" one for Kodak. It didn't matter that Kodak had done a special development and this new ink was 'revolutionary'; Simmons -knew- it was "wrong" to promote the "ink".

But Kodak was the 'boss'. It was -their- project. It was -their- new product. They wanted to let the market know about their new innovative "ink".

But Gene Simmons was -PUSHY-. Just like his alter ego, "demon". Just as the serpent was with Eve: God said "what"? Oh, no, that's totally wrong! Let me tell you the -real- facts! I know what you need better than God your Maker does. (Genesis ch3)

God is the "Boss", He is the designer; He has it in mind what He wants to promote. But just like Simmons, the serpent came pushing along, not listenning to God, pushing his own agenda.

The Gene Simmons team lost, also, because the representatives they sent to meet with the Kodak executives would not shut their mouths long enough to 'listen' to what the executives wanted. They went into the meeting, yapping away with their own ideas, even though they hadn't yet been informed 'what' the project was; and even though it was the executives' meeting room and product, they could not get a word in edgewise about their own campaign. The Gene Simmons team never learned that it was about the "INK", and went off in their own totally unrelated direction, and irrelevant campaign.

    "Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to say a word before God. For God is in Heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few." (Ec5:2)

    "Therefore Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you shall say, Speak, Jehovah, for Your servant is listening. So Samuel went and lay down in his place." (1Sa3:9)

    "So [Saul], trembling and astonished, said, Lord, WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR ME TO DO? Then the Lord said to him, Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." (Ac9:6)

    "But Jehovah is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him." (Hab2:20)

    "Be silent in the presence of the Lord Jehovah, for the day of Jehovah is near. For Jehovah has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated the ones He called." (Zep1:7)

But when satan's messengers come bull-dozing along, what is the Believer's response?

"Resist him, steadfast in the faith"

Steadfastness is required because of the militant bull-dozer nature by which satan seeks to trample everything in his path. Just like the wolves who leave no bones by morning, satan could care less about you. If he gets you to cave to his onslaughts he will rejoice over you with (quoting from just such an incident some years ago), "Hot damn!" (In that case, I was the one who stumbled, and satan's messenger rejoiced momentarily over me.)

    "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (Ja4:7)
Gene Simmons would hardly even let Mr. Trump explain what's what to him. Even though Trump was the "boss" of the show, Simmons was also continually cutting him off, explaining how Trump was wrong, and he was right.

Well guess what...! "YOU'RE FIRED!"

    "And he laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years... And the devil, who led them astray, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." (Rev20:2,10)
Yes... everlasting Hot Damnation!

Amen!