What Luck!(?) How Good Luck Charms and Superstition Affect Faith

They’re always after them lucky charms. And who can blame them? The way the sugary marshmallow bits melt in your mouth, and the subtle, sweet taste of the cereal, not to mention the milk you’re left with once you’ve devoured it all. A bowl of this stuff is almost better than any pot of gold.

While the cereal may be magically delicious (albeit seriously unhealthy), the superstition it’s based on can be tragically problematic.

St. Patrick’s Day has me thinking about luck. More specifically, good-luck charms. It seems to be ingrained in our culture to put our faith in objects to give us “luck” in certain situations. We count on these items to help us perform our best in sports, academics, tournaments, etc.

On the other side of the lucky coin, how many times have you seen those “Share this photo in 2.1 seconds or your dog will break his tail!” posts (don’t get me started on those, “Ignore for Satan” ones…)on social media? How many of you compulsively share these images, just in case?

We as a culture seem to be fixated on this idea of luck, be it good or bad. We’re so used to saying things like, “Good Luck,” or, “Wish me Luck!” and to this day I can’t get, “Don’t step on a crack or you’ll break your Mama’s back!” out of my head whenever I see small fissures in the sidewalk.

1: Timothy 4:7 says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”
By putting our faith in good luck charms and superstition, we’re straining our connection with God. When we do this, we fail to remember  God has all control in our lives.

Sometimes we might correlate having a certain shirt or jersey on during a certain event, should it go the way we want it to, as being the reason for success. This can create the mindset that we are not able to do something without the item. By doing this, we are effectively idolizing the item, believing it has power it in fact, does not. Or, we simply believe our good luck is just that–luck. Sometimes we forget  there is perfect, higher power at work in every aspect our lives.

Proverbs 16:33 says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” We must not forget all of our blessings and skills are given to us from no other source but God. Even the things we accomplish for ourselves can only be done through Him. We need to be reminded of this and thank Him daily for our blessings. Realize maybe our “bad luck” has a bigger purpose.

As for superstition, Romans 8:31 puts it perfectly: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Need I say more?

This St. Patty’s Day, put away your horse shoes, red balloons, shooting stars, rainbows, all of that and instead put your faith in God, where it belongs. And don’t worry, the dog will be fine.

Melissa Ruiz

Old Millenial, Batman and Star Wars fan, Freelancer, New England Grrl, Mom, Christian, Geek.

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