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Good and Bad Fortune

July 29, 2012

An Open Fortune Cookie, Photo by Lorax (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, GFDL 1.2 or later)

We are surrounded by attempts to manipulate the fates, and pierce the veil between this world and the next.

Major newspapers run daily horoscope columns. “Lucky” buddhas can be found in all sizes. Feng shui is discussed seriously, and Wicca considered a legitimate belief system. Chain letters abound. Psychics advertise openly. Charlatans – and others sincere, but deluded – even claim to speak with the dead.

All this is considered harmless fun or, worse yet, the search for enlightenment. Few people recognize their superstitions as idolatry. Few involved with the occult realize the power from incantations and spells is satanic in origin.

Good or bad fortune, our assurance as Christians is in the Lord. We stand on the Word, come what may. This is in sharp contrast to the culture. Little wonder that we are often misunderstood.

The weight of ignorance can seem overwhelming. As Jesus wept for Jerusalem, so we weep for the world. Nonetheless, the superstitions swirling around us are evidence of a great hunger, and afford us a great opportunity to share the Truth.

Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deut. 6: 4).

Lord God, You are the One and Only, the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty.

We grieve as You do, Lord, that the world searches elsewhere for meaning and direction. How can this be? Yet we, ourselves, would not believe but for that faith which is a gift from You.

Stay Your hand yet awhile, Lord. Allow us yet a little more time to reach out to those who would turn away. Grant them the same faith that You so graciously extended to us, that we may all one day enter Your kingdom.

Amen

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6 Comments
  1. Yes! Thank you for being a Christian who discourages the sending of chain letters! Too many Christians believe in and replicate chain letters that blaspheme by putting God’s name into their hoaxes. In turn, anti-theists pounce on that and use this against Christians as an excuse tyo go on hating.

    • Thank you for the feedback. I’m glad to have struck a chord. Christians, I think, can feel isolated (which is one of the central reasons for this blog). It’s good to know there are others out there attempting to live their faith.

      Blessings,

      A.

      • Thanks!

        Yes. I feel particularly isolated because of being both a Christian and what is termed a chain-smasher. That is, someone who doesn’t merely break chain letters quietly deleting and hoping they’ll never turn up again. I’ve found deleting in silence just doesn’t work for either me or the replicators. There are times when a reply to debunk the viral is necessary and possible. For that, I’ll use TruthOrFiction or some other similar resources. For those chain letters that don’t seem to have a place on the hoax-busting sites just because there are too many of their kind, and debunk sites can’t keep up with all the mutations so just has a few examples or some such thing, and I have only my own opinion and I just feel like screaming, I’ll scream on ChainSmashers instead.

        Can’t do that on say, the Snopes boards for example, because I dislike a lot of what passes for discussion over there, – so much anti-Christian dreck.

        And, I don’t belong on most sites run by Christians because so many of them are fine with virals that appeal to their point of view, including those with wrongly attributed quotes and authors etc. The same virals that give us all an undeserved bad rap.

        God bless you.

      • You sound like a woman of courage and conviction. I’m sure God sees your efforts. May He lend You His strength. You’re more than welcome here.

        A.

      • Thanks for the kind words! And I have linked to this post on the section of my site that deals with smashing chain letters too.

  2. Very good post, God told not to lean on our understanding but in all ways acknowledge Him. Thank you for the wonderful post.

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