The man said he kept a cross in his pocket because “it brought him good luck.” The lady said, “Let’s say a prayer that we get lucky tonight during the raffle.” The couple started coming to Church because some bad things had happened and they “wanted to get on God’s good side.”
Over and over I meet people and hear stories that confirm faith for most people is just an extension of their superstitions. They carry a cross, make the sign of the cross, and say a quick prayer along with wearing their lucky hat and rubbing their rabbits’ foot.
Because a belief in God requires a faith in the unseen forces in the world, we tend to lump it together with other things we can’t explain. After all, who cares as long as we get what we want.
Following Jesus is not about adding another superstition to my life so that I can bring myself good fortune. Believing in Jesus is about bringing every moment in line with the life of Jesus. It is about seeking to do what he told us while following his example. Being a Christian is about surrendering my soul to Jesus as my Savior and my Lord.
God did not give you that empty parking space because you have a Jesus bumper sticker. He does not allow my team to win because I have a cross in my pocket. He doesn’t even help you find a special deal while shopping because of your religious T-shirt.
The life of a believer is not about superstition but trust. Trust that God is working when I cannot see him give me immediate rewards. Faith seeks God’s plan when I seem to have nothing good happening. A follower of Jesus does not understand their religion as a means to an end, but rather as a life to be lived.
Each day, we have the choice to walk the way of Christ or choose the superstition of religion. One will allow you to experience grace and peace and the other will leave you wanting more.