Country music superstar Dolly Parton rebuked Satan shortly before performing her classic song “Go To Hell” in a display of deeply held religious conviction.
This occurred during her NBC Christmas special “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” last week. Parton began by describing the influence Satan holds over the world before extolling the virtues of God’s grace.
“My brothers and my sisters, I am here to tell you that Satan is real. He is real and walking around amongst us, trying to destroy everything that’s good and beautiful,” Parton added. “He wants to break our hearts and minds, destroy our dreams and plans. He wants to tear us up in little pieces, break us down, and send us straight to hell.” Parton remarked.
Parton added, “Oh my God can do anything. My God can heal the sick, mend broken hearts, and take our souls to heaven. So Satan, listen up, in God’s name I rebuke you. I stand up in his name, look you in the eye, and laugh in your ugly face.”
The same God who raised His Son Christ Jesus from the dead works in the hearts and minds of believers to raise them to the blessed hope of eternal life. Satan is a conquered foe and his days are numbered. Indeed, how could he hope to challenge such an awesome God? “The strife is o’er, the battle done; the victory of life is won.” It is great to hear Dolly Parton saying this essential truth on national primetime television!
Indeed, it is truly a sight for sore eyes. Public displays of religiosity have fallen out of favor in recent years. With rampant secularism working against the founding principles of the United States, it is no wonder. But patriotic Americans know the rule religion plays and ought to play in public life. Christianity is part of the American culture and to ignore Christianity is to ignore our sacred heritage as the American people. An America without Christian values is not the America the founders established.