The culture continues to embrace the occult in ever more creative ways. This popular UK news site is recommending that females can have their “luckiest year ever” by resorting to magic spells, superstitions and rituals.
BC asks: “Can you tell me if the KonMari Method of tidying up is safe for a Christian?”
A religious wrote to ask if we know anything about Chinese decorative knots. “They are red, and come in various designs and I believe go back hundreds if not thousands of years. I’ve read they can signify different things like luck, romance, love, etc. We have received, from a Chinese Priest, holy images of Our Lord and Our Lady which are decorated with these knots. Is there anything to be concerned about there? Should we remove the decorations?”
LT writes: “I attend a Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and recently I noticed one of the musicians had a red chile resembling the Italian horn, and a necklace made up of many small chile peppers hung on his podium. Being Italian this made me uncomfortable because it looks like the Italian horn used to ward off evil. Should I mention this to this man and /or the Pastor, or am I being too sensitive?”
CC writes: “I attended a workshop for early childhood ed and the presenter urged us all to change our curriculums to really emphasize a nature/environmental focus by bringing the outdoors inside and continue with lessons and experiences continuously taking the kids’ lead in areas of interest. She used words like POSITIVE ENGERGY in the classroom and even showed how to arrange it using lights and shadows and organizing materials using specific colors in a color pattern; also bringing in a couch, stones and water fountains instead of tables and desks. I couldn’t stand being there because it felt like a new age atmosphere. We were silent for awhile. She asked us what we thought almost like she was hoping for a positive response. Do I have reason to be concerned or am I overreacting?”
MJB writes: “My daughter recently came home from school wearing a wish bracelet that had been given to her by a friend. When I looked it up on the Web, it seemed superstitious. Am I overreacting or is this something like a talisman?”