This is a conversation that I overheard yesterday and butted into between Jack and Ella (my niece) right after a small fight that had broken out between them.
Jack- "You know who makes you wanna fight?"
Jack- "The Devil."
Ella- "Yeah, the devil makes you wanna fight and Jesus makes you wanna do good stuff."
Jack- "The Devil is a really bad guy. The baddest guy there is."
Ella- "Jesus is a really, really good guy. Jesus is in control of everything I do."
Me- "Woah, Ella, Jesus has set a perfect example for us to follow and if we are smart we will follow it, but he is not in control of everything you do."
Jack- "Jesus is in control of everything I do...except when I fight, then its the Devil."
Me- "no, you guys are in control of yourselves. Jesus wants you to do good things and the Devil wants you to bad things, but you get to choose.
There was a thoughtful pause and I could see that Jack was thinking really hard.
Jack- "Hey Ella, do you know who the Devil is?"
At this point I was expecting either a philosophical remark, "our enemy" or a doctrinal remark, "Jesus's bad brother" or even a simple identification "Satan". This was not so.
Don't worry, I spent the next five minutes trying to convince Jack that contrary to what he may have overheard his daddy saying, Obama is not the Devil. He is just a guy running for President that we don't think would be a good choice, because he wants to take away our guns and raise our taxes. He is NOT THE DEVIL. Just a person who we disagree with about alot of things.
Senator McCain might want to consider hiring Jack to do some campaigning. He already knows how to sling mud.