Over the years, many groups have tried to change the Buena Vista Demons mascot to something else.
Although Christians were the majority in the march against the demon, one hippie chick I talked with said, “Yeah, it just sends off an evil vibe. I don’t like it.”
The Christians took a stand against it because it represents evil. At the end of the book, the devil will be cast into the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever. – Revelation 20:10
Okay, but I still don’t see why someone wants to remove our mascot. It’s tradition around here.
One of the comments on Facebook when this issue erupted last week was in regard to three sisters who passed through the public-school system at Buena Vista, and despite the demon mascot, they still became nuns.
This leads to the first argument against having the demon as a mascot: Separation of church and state. The fact that people equate demons with those of the Christian faith speaks volumes. And that wasn’t the only comment that equated the demon with Christians. There were others.
This probably stems from the demon being represented throughout the biblical text in various passages:
• “…they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils…this shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations…” (Lev. 17.7)
• “[They] were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols…they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.” (Psalm 106.35-7)
• “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” (Lu. 10:17)
• “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (Ja. 2.19)
But our team mascot isn’t a “devil,” it’s a “demon.”
While this short article is too long for a full-scale word study, Dr. Elmer Towns, professor of rank at five different seminaries, explains it like this:
“Two Greek words are translated similarly in the New Testament but their meanings are slightly different. The word diabolos is translated ‘devil’ and refers to the devil himself. Another word, diamon, is usually translated ‘devils’ in the King James Version but might be better translated ‘demons.’ The Bible makes a very real distinction between a single devil and many demons. Whenever we read of ‘devils’ in the Bible, we are reading about demons.”
Thus, we see demons are found in the Holy Bible, a foundational text for Christians. (Two of the passages above can also be found in the Jewish Torah and Tanakh.) Demons are also represented in Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Satanism.
If ever there was a time to address the separation-of-church-and-state issue regarding our mascot, the time would be now, while the new gymnasium is being built.
The issue of whether or not to change the Buena Vista mascot from Demons to something else is entirely up to the will of the people and the school board. But, if we’re going to do it, we should do it now. That way the new materials coming in can reflect the new mascot.