“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” This is one of my favorite quotes by Michael Scott from The Office. It’s funny because it’s ridiculous. But most of what Michael Scott says falls into that category – hilariously ridiculous. Having played college baseball, I’ve witnessed a few ridiculous superstitions. It’s funny how guys could wear the same socks without washing them for weeks on end believing that was what ensured their hitting streak would continue. I don’t know if it worked or not, but I know how it smelled!
Superstitions are interesting, which is where the profundity of Michael Scott’s quote lies. When you think about it most superstitions are ridiculous. Yet it doesn’t keep people from holding them. However, there is an interesting correlation some people seem to hold between superstition and religion. Many believe that because you are religious you must be superstitious. It’s almost as if religion and superstition are one in the same. To these people, religion is a bit ridiculous like superstitions.
While I’ve met a few religious people that hold to weird superstitions, religion and superstition don’t go hand in hand. So why is it that many see it that way? I’m sure some of it is – there are some weird religious folks out there. But the truth is that hasn’t been my experience. Jacob Crouch seemed to have had some interesting interactions with those who believe religion is synonymous with superstitious. His article “Just Because I’m Religious, Doesn’t Mean I’m Superstitious” has some funny stories and great insights.
What did you think? I truly appreciate Crouch’s perspective and final analysis. Have you ever had a crazy question asked of you? I’d love to hear it. As always I love to hear from my readers. And don’t forget to be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.
Until Next Time…
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