Are You Superstitious?

“You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 18:13

Baseball players are often superstitious. They become involved in all kinds of odd behavior in the belief that it will help them play better.

When Babe Ruth ran in from the outfield, he always stepped on second base just for good luck. Willie Mays kicked it for the same reason. Manager Leo Durocher rode in the back seat of the team bus to break a losing streak. Other baseball superstitions include never changing bats after two strikes, not changing uniforms during a winning streak, tapping the plate three times with the bat, and not stepping on the foul line.

Lefty O’Doul, a pitcher for the Yankees in the 1920s, said, “It’s not that if I stepped on the foul line it would really lose the game, but why take a chance?” He must have believed deep within himself that if some supernatural power was available, he wanted its help.

Harmless rituals? Some say yes. But superstitions reveal something about the object of one’s trust, and in some cases they are even tied to occult practices.

The Bible warns against trusting unknown forces that work behind the scenes. Those who trust in Christ must reject the idea of luck or chance. God is all-knowing and sovereign over the events of our lives, and He wants us to trust Him alone.

 

From the playbook: Read Deuteronomy 18:9–22.