Superstition Ain’t the Way, Pt. 1

I am an extremely frugal individual. Okay…that’s a very nice way of saying I am on a budget that makes most poor people look bourgeois.  I do my own nails and hair.  If I see something tasty on tv, I find the cheapest way to make it at home.  If they don’t have it at the dollar store, most times it can wait for ‘better days.’

But there are two things I do ‘splurge’ on; Every 4 or 5 months I will splurge on a few movies from the $5 bin at the store. And every other Monday, I go to a place called Will’s Sports Bar, get me a $5 dollar drink of something or other, and sing on an open mic with The 9th Hour Band.  It’s gotten to the point that I am part of the family. I love it there.  We sing and laugh and I clap for everyone who picks up the mic (that’s scary business, laying yourself bare for another’s entertainment).  I said all that to say, it’s the things we do to bless ourselves that can sometimes be the source of our greatest inspiration to bless others.

It was on one of those warm Monday nights that inspiration struck.  It was actually pretty crowded that night so, the crowd favorites had to be sung.  Ms. Natural had just sung, “Whenever You’re Around,”(my personal favorite) and HG Soul was launching into “Superstitious.” I’m leaning against the partition, just digging on the band, when I hear the words, “If you believe in things that you don’t understand, you will suffer…”

My head pops straight up.

“Superstition ain’t the way…”

I sat there, almost spellbound for the rest of the song.  When it was over I spent the remainder of the next song trying to get HG’s attention.  When I finally got him over to me, I grab his arm and tell him, “I am going to write an article about you singing this song called “Superstition Ain’t the Way.”  He looks at me like, “What???”  So I tell him the premise that has dawned on me.

“When you pursue a relationship with a God you don’t understand, you can relegate that relationship to religion and boil that religion into dogma until it is reduced to mere superstition.  It can make you terrified of a God who only wants to bless you and make you a part of His family.  You end up putting him on a shelf with a bunch of other things you assume are just too deep and too scary for you and He can’t work!”

HG makes the cutest Scooby Doo face of confusion and I repeat the chorus.

“If you believe in things you don’t understand, you will suffer.  Superstition Ain’t the Way!”

He looks at me as if to say, “I kinda get it…but, okay.  Have fun with that.” Then he goes off to emcee the rest of the night.

But I am stuck in my head by then…pondering.  Perhaps this is why so many people are so satisfied to go through the motions of church, with no victory?  Content to curtsey and bow, light a candle, say, “Praise the Lord,” and never have the life changing experience of knowing God in the power of his resurrection OR the fellowship of His suffering!  This is turning into a really big thought! I think this one is going to take me a minute to work out.

HG, you see what you’ve started???  Y’all hang on for this ride…it could get bumpy…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Genaea
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 06:06:35

    Such a wonderful idea! Too many are just going through the motions. Too many are missing a relationship with HIM. Too many are content with “just for show”. Waiting for pt 2.



    • Kaleidoscope Perspectives
      Jun 01, 2012 @ 19:13:30

      Thanks, Genaea! So much to tell! I worry about the body of Christ, sometimes…The putting of new wine in old wineskins. How can you really handle a move of God? Will we be able to receive it, if it doesn’t come the way our religion dictates, will we miss Him completely when we need Him the most?



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