Alice Cooper: The World Belongs to Satan
This interview is posted on DeonVSEarth’s YouTube channel. However, not sure exactly who the interviewee is or when it occurred. It seems like it may have taken place in the mid-90s – maybe 95 or 96. There’s also a LCIINC watermark at the bottom left. NOTE: *If anyone knows anything about the origins of the interview, we’d be happy to document that.* Nonetheless, Alice is the one talking. His words and answers are spot on. Weighing in at just under 6 minutes, it’s not a long interview. But worth the watch. Take the time and check it out!
Much like the other interviews we’ve talked about, this one can be broken down into a few talking points. This post will focus on the following: Experiences, Decisions, Being Different, Selfish Ambition, and Humility.
Experiences. Alice talks about the experiences he’s been allowed to see in this life. Through those experiences, Alice explains that nothing in this world is really fulfilling. No earthly position supplies us with a lasting joy. Nothing quenches that inner thirst. The ‘God-shaped hole’ in our hearts so to speak. However, what those experiences do provide is a certain level of wisdom. Solomon experienced much on this earth, yet he realized such things are fleeting. They would come and go with time. But wisdom from above is eternal. Ecclesiastes 7:12 reads, “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.” While this passage speaks and relates to a worldly knowledge and wisdom, it goes further. The wisdom of knowing and learning who our Lord is preserves us not only in this life – but also in the next. Deciding to follow Him leads to a life everlasting.
Decisions. Alice also refers to decision. Choosing one side or the other. Which will you take? The red pill or the blue pill, so to speak. It’s honestly that simple. You either accept it or you don’t. However, decisions have consequences – good and bad. Have you reached a point in life where you know a decision must be made? Are your days recycled with the same garbage in, same garbage out? It’s foolishness to continue making the same mistakes expecting something different to happen (Proverbs 26:11). Deciding to follow Christ isn’t a flippant choice; it’s something to wholeheartedly accept and embrace. Part of that decision relies on accepting things you may never completely know or understand (Proverbs 3:5-6). However, what becomes evident is the new creation you become. As you decide to read, study, and pray in the Word, you notice a want and a shift in your character – your spirit. Your thoughts become displaced with those of His will and His nature. By making that decision to serve Him, you have been given the ability to be different – no longer focusing solely on the things of this world (Philippians 4:8).
Being Different. Alice talks about the world having a perception of Christians that’s not accurate. Being a Christian, doesn’t necessarily mean you are cut off from the world entirely. It’s true this may look different according to His will for each individual’s life. However, it really just means we are different. Not a self-righteous different, but different in action and reaction. For instance, focusing on Christ and relying on His lead gives you the capacity to think with a renewed mind – one that automatically knows good from evil (Romans 12:2). As the transformation from old to new takes place, the desires of your heart are different as well. You find yourself focused less and less on the flesh, pride, and worldly matters – instead focusing on eternal desires and things that abide forever in Him (1 John 2:15-17). What this really boils down to is Love. Love for your fellow man/woman. Love for your neighbor. Love for all humanity. As you become different, your actions are no longer based on you – but instead on Love. His Love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
Selfish Ambition. Alice talks about the difference between serving yourself and serving the Lord. There is arguably no greater example of selfish ambition than that of Satan. He believed himself to be above God Almighty yet because he decided to challenge our Lord – he instead found himself cast out of Heaven and into Hell (Isaiah 14:12-15). What better example of the consequences of selfish action? We were created to commune and fellowship with our Lord through His Spirit. He commands us to Love God and each other equally with the same fervor that we do ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). This is the great equalizer. Learning to move, listen, and act together as one, the body of Christ, instead of relying only on one’s self leads to harmony and a true depiction of His word and plans for humanity (1 Corinthians 1:10-12). As Alice states, “this world belongs to Satan”. However, by standing together equally with our Lord we find power. Philippians 2:3-4 reads, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” We are to walk humbly with Him leading us away from all self-interest – instead focusing on serving others.
Humility. Alice ends the interview with a reminder about walking humbly in this life and with others. Romans 12:3 states this, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Notice this is not only addressing the way Christians should walk with one another. It is the way we are called to treat all humanity. A certain number of Christians see Christ through the prism of religion. Taking a pious, holier than thou stance with regard to their faith or ideology. However, that is the complete opposite of what we are called to be. Look no further than the words of Christ for understanding. The first shall be last – serving all (Mark 9:35). When you give to others, don’t expect adoration from others (Matthew 6:2). Welcome children and the least among you (Luke 9:48). Like Christ came to serve, not to be served – we must strive for the same (Mark 10:45). The list goes on. Such a sweet place to end this interview with him.
Concluding this week with Alice, where have your experiences led you? Did you know God can be glorified through all of our past experiences? Alice mentions there are certain things and songs that crossed the line. Things he will no longer do. That brings glory to our Lord. That shows the world the new creation Alice has become through Him. His decisions today reflect who he’s become through our Lord. He’s different. He’s set aside himself to give back to his community, his family, his friends, his fans, our Lord. There’s so much to be learned from his experience. Listen closely to the experiences of others. Seeing how our Lord reveals himself in so many different ways. Know that while the story may be unique to each person individually, His Love and acceptance are constant. He wants all of His children to know and embrace Him. Reach out. Be Different. Humbly setting aside yourself for the service of Him and others.
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"God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay. I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"
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