I was invited to a potluck one sunny Saturday afternoon at some friend’s house. It was a great day to eat, fellowship, and play games. Toward the end of the day, as individuals began to leave, I was sitting in the living room checking my text messages. While checking my messages, I began to hear bits and pieces of a conversation on the other side of the room. Since my focus was on my text messages, I did not give the conversation a great deal of thought. However, what I did hear I thought was a little bit odd. Finally, after a few minutes, I realized the content of the conversation, and that it was getting serious.
The conversation centered on a young couple who were getting ready to leave the picnic. The female of this couple was adamant about the fact that she did not want to leave the house by going out the side door. She and her family arrived at the home by entering through the front door. She believed it was bad luck if you did not leave out of the same door you entered. When it came time to leave they were standing in the kitchen that had a side door to the driveway. Three people were trying to convince her to leave out of the side door. When I realized the gist of the conversation I jumped up out of my seat, and I walked over to the woman and said, “You have got to be kidding me! Are you serious?” Everyone in unison said, “Yes!”
I had to refrain from “going off” on this woman. A thousand things were running through my head as I stood there and looked at her. My first thought was she’s a Christian, and she should know better. She should believe in the Lord and not man-made rituals. My second thought was that she had two small children. What message was she sending to these children? A superstition is an irrational belief that originates from ignorance or fear. This woman learned this ritual from her parents, who learned it from their parents. It had been passed down from one generation to the next. Now here she was passing the same superstition down to her children.
While I was sad at the thought of how this irrational belief had a stronghold on her and her family, I also felt sad because I knew she came from a family with many deep-rooted superstitions. I knew that many women in her family were terrified of cats. When I say terrified, I mean I have seen them jump up screaming at the top of their voice running away from a cat that’s 100 yards away on the other side of the street. Terror was in this young woman’s eyes at the thought of leaving out of the side door. I walked over to her and told her she needed deliverance from this stronghold. I offered to pray for her, and she said I could, but she didn’t say it with confidence. She said it in a way to get the conversation over with so she could get to the front door. We were not able to convince her to leave out of the side door.
This young woman was worried about the wrong doors. This superstition was keeping her door wide open for the enemy to attack her and her family.