“Superstition saturates American life,” Stuart Vyse wrote in “How Superstition Works,” (The Atlantic, 10-22-13).
His article cites Nancy Reagan who consulted an astrologer to schedule her husband’s appearances because she feared for his life. Nancy grew up around entertainers, she said, who tended to be superstitious.
Entertainers, athletes, gamblers….many kiss their dice, wear a lucky sock, write with a special pen, believing in an unknown super power, or magic, Vyse explained.
The Apostle Paul called the Greeks too superstitious. Their society, had even built a temple to an unknown God.
“But God is well-known,” Paul appealed. He had met Christ on the way to Damascas. “From His life a glorious light has dawned. We can see the persona of God through His Risen Son.”
Paul made this brave appeal in Athens, standing on Mars Hill at the Greek Areopagus–The Seat of Judgement.
“”Seek the Lord if happily you might feel Him. He is not far from any of us. Indeed, in Him we live and move and exist.”
Ultimately, that dramatic moment on Mars Hill characterized Paul’s powerful message.
“God stands at the Great Areopagus–the final judgement. Hold Him in reverence.”
Some Greeks followed Paul’s teaching and cultivated lives of faith and prayer. Some Greeks mocked and continued to believe in superstition….
“Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass.
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.
When you believe in things you don’t understand,
Then you suffer.
Superstition ain’t the way, yeh, yeh.”
Stevie Wonder, Superstition.
Music for the soul.