COVID-19 ‘Pandemic’ and it’s Aftermath

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I know I put the word pandemic in quotes but it’s my own personal belief that this is a premature classification for something that is, so far, proving to be less deadly than the flu.

That being said, I started to think about the people who are affected by this who aren’t sick. In New Jersey, they have categorized businesses into essential and non-essential. The non-essential businesses have to close. If they offer food, then they can do take-out and delivery.

And I started to feel bad for the non-essential businesses.

I’m thinking about the businesses that are affected by this. The people who might own the picture frame shop down the street that just gets by on the customers who come in; the coffee shop around the corner that also has some food items but they don’t offer delivery; the flower shop or the bakery or the jewelry store.

In my home state of New Jersey, they are considered to be non-essential. Where are they going to get the money to pay bills when they don’t have any income? If this goes on for much longer, you are going to see these businesses close for good.

I’m also thinking about the people who are in the hospital and can’t receive visitors. They’re sitting there alone (and maybe scared), unable to have their family come and see them. For some, this might be the last time they’ll see their family.

Or the funerals that no one can have when their loved one passes on. How can anyone get together and grieve for their loss when they aren’t allowed to get together in groups?

Or what about the people who believe that they can’t see family members because they think they can’t leave the house?

I think you get the picture.

We’re living in a world of unknowns.

We have no idea when everything will start to open back up again. We don’t know if our favorite pizza shop will survive this lockdown. We don’t know where this will all be in one or two months. Is it going to get worse? Will we be told not to leave our houses for any reason at all?

Only time will tell where the government wants to take this next. For now, all we can do is wait and see.

Please remember to always pray and keep Jesus near. He is the only one who can get us out of this. Prayer is a very powerful tool.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

God Bless!

 

Coronavirus: Working from Home Week Two

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I thought it would be great to work from home.

I mean, I’ve spent the last 22 years driving into the same office, day after day. Now I get to work from home until at least April 15th. How cool is that?!

Let me say that it’s not that cool.

Yes, it does have its perks. I get to work from home and have all the creature comforts of being here. I don’t have to worry about wear and tear on my car. And I’m saving on gas as well. And I don’t have to worry about running out to grab lunch or anything like that as the refrigerator is about 10 feet away from where I’m working.

Other than the occasional walk outside around the neighborhood, I’ve pretty much been in the house.

Working does keep me busy. Being in management, I’m attending more meetings now than I did before I became a manager. And I’ve got 6 people reporting to me who didn’t report to me before so I have their workload I need to manage as well.

But the one thing I keep asking myself is this: is this all really necessary?

And by that, I mean, is it really necessary to employ a ‘stay-in-place’ strategy?

In New Jersey, they are recommending that we don’t leave our house for fear that we might spread the virus. But we can go to the grocery store or get gas or the liquor store and the like to get what we need (so much for social distancing here).

As I stated in a previous post, the media is spreading fear and the public is buying into it. The following passage was taken from the New England Journal of Medicine on March 26th. It was a report published by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the leading medical advisor to President Trump:

“In another article in the Journal, Guan et al. report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity, If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%.

This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%)  or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to sSARS or MERS, which had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36% respectively.”

This needs to get out in the open for everyone to read. Based on the evidence, above, this is a disease that is more like the current flu that people experience every year.

So why the lockdown? Why the social distancing? There more to it then you think and I hope to delve into that in my next blog.

For now, always keep your eyes on Jesus. He is our hope and our salvation. He will see us through this storm.

God Bless!

Coronavirus: A Pandemic?

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I think this country needs to get a grip.

And when I say get a grip, I mean GET A GRIP!

When you have a government that throws around the word ‘pandemic’, it’s’ bound to cause exactly what we’re seeing right now: panic.

I mean, seriously? How much toilet paper does one need to buy? This isn’t that kind of virus.

The coronavirus has been around since the 1960s. It’s a variation of the flu. That’s really all it is. Fewer people have died from this than from the regular flu and yet this is a pandemic.

From April 2009 to April 2010, the CDC estimated that there were approximately 12,469 deaths attributed to the H1N! virus. And yet nothing was done on a scale as we are seeing today.

All of this has led to a national panic and a run on things like Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, bleach, and paper towels.

I mean, c’mon…toilet paper? This isn’t THAT kind of virus. And if you’re hoarding all of the cleaning products, what were you using to clean your house before?

Not to mention the confrontations we’ve seen of people trying to get that last pack of 2-ply.

As a society, we’ve made great advances in technology and medicine but when there’s a perceived crisis, everyone loses their minds along with their decency. We’re wrestling people for toilet paper and water like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage wrestling for the WWE title belt. Do you really need TP so badly that you’ll steal it out of someone else’s basket?

If we all acted civilized and bought just what we needed as if it was a normal shopping day, then the supply chains can catch up and the stores would continue to have stocked shelves. Think about it: do you really need to go to the store 3 times a week and buy 20 pounds of meat every time? How much of that can you eat? And do you have enough room in your freezer for everything you bought?

Okay, I know I’m rambling but my bottom line is this: don’t buy into the hype and frenzy that the media is stirring up. They are making this out to be worse than it really is. And I’m not so sure how real this is, to begin with (more on that in another post coming soon). Just be decent to one another and when you go shopping, only take what you need so that your neighbor can get some, too. Jesus taught us to ‘love our neighbor as ourselves.’

Let’s try practicing that one, shall we?

Reporting from my work-from-home headquarters…

God Bless!

 

Corona Virus Derangement Syndrome

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Let me start off this post by saying that I do believe that the coronavirus is a real thing. Just look at the back of your Lysol can.

I also believe that the panic over this is real as well. But this panic isn’t being generated by the virus: it’s being generated by the media reporting on the virus.

The media doesn’t pay nearly as much attention to those people who have died from the flu. But if you give a disease a fancy name like ‘coronavirus’, you can make some pretty splashy headlines and cause a worldwide panic at the same time.

Take some headlines I’ve read online about Italy banning kissing. The headlines, in general, read ‘Italy to ban kissing and handshakes.’ But once you get into each of the articles, they either say that Italy is ‘advising’ against kissing and handshakes or they are ‘comtemplating’ a ban on both.

Quite a different picture painted inside the story than the headline reads.

As I’m writing this, there are approximately 111,362 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Of those, 3,892 people have died and 62,392 have recovered.

An article published on February 3, 2020, reported that 10,000 people have died so far this flu season with close to 19 million contracting it.

That’s a heck of a lot more people affected than those affected by the coronavirus.

The media (and others) predicted doom and gloom with the West Nile virus, German measles, swine flu, Ebola, etc.

And none of these have come to pass.

If anyone from the media reads this, you’re to blame for the panic that is occurring in the stock market, the grocery stores, and the streets.

You’re to blame for retail businesses not having any because people chose to stay home instead of shopping; you’re to blame for panic in the grocery stores over food and toilet paper; you’re to blame for people buying out all face masks that will actually do nothing to keep you from getting the virus.

You’re to blame and I hope you’re happy with yourselves.

For those suffering from fear about the coronavirus, there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Eat right and get plenty of rest
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take extra vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom (duh!) or after coming home from running errands such as grocery shopping, etc.
  • Skip the hand sanitizers unless absolutely necessary. Some viruses are mutating to resist the effect of hand sanitizers. And there are nasty chemicals in them other than alcohol.

Finally, don’t be afraid to live your life. Go out and visit your local mall or restaurant. Visit family and friends. Don’t let a self-aggrandizing media make you live in fear.

God Bless!

Hello? Are you there?.

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Yes, I’m still here. Alive and kicking.

I wanted to send a quick post out to everyone and let you know that I’m still here. I’m working on a post about faith and belief in God, etc. and I want to take my time with it so that I can get my thoughts organized.

I’ve been a lot busier now since I moved into management and my time to write has been much less. Not to say I can’t write on the weekends and such but a lot of that time has been spent doing errands or just trying to decompress from the workweek.

But, not to worry my faithful readers; I will be back soon!

And again, thank you all for reading and commenting. And if you’re not commenting, please do so. I welcome any comments and feedback. It’s all valuable and meaningful to me.

God Bless!

The Armor of God – Part 2 (Update)

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I’m not quite sure why but I wanted to republish this post from over a year ago (has it really been that long since I posted this?).

I think the Holy Spirit nudged me on this one and that’s why I’m sending it out again.

I feel as though things are starting to speed up. By that, I mean, the Devil’s work in this earthly kingdom.

What’s good is now bad and what’s bad is now considered good. Drag Queen Story Hour is celebrated and promoted; a Netflix show about Jesus being gay is promoted and watched; if you have an opposing viewpoint from that of a liberal, you’re considered a racist or a bigot or whatever term they can think to call you. I could go on and on..

We need to be spiritually prepared each and every day because we are in a battle each and every day. We need to start by putting on the whole armor of God.

So without futher ado, here is my post from back in 2018!

One day last week, the Armor of God popped into my head. I’m going to take it as a nudge from the Holy Spirit. I love when He does that.

About 5 years ago I wrote about the Armor of God. You can read that post here.

What I didn’t know (or understand) is that each part of the armor has its own purpose and each part of the armor must be put on in a specific order. I will outline each part and its meaning and each description will be laid out in the order which you should put it on.

And put it on you should. We, as Christians, are under heavy attack by the enemy and we must be engaged in spiritual warfare every single day.

The Belt of Truth

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” (Ephesians 6:14)

The belt was the first piece of their armor that ancient warriors would put on. This held everything in place such as their underlying chain mail or tunic. Our belt is a belt of truth. That truth can be found in the Word of God. We must always stand fast in that truth and keep that truth in both our hearts and our minds. When faced with spiritual attack, the truth of God’s Word will help defend us.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

…and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” (Ephesians 6:14)

The breastplate was the next piece of armor to be put on. The breastplate protected the torso and all the vital organs within, including the heart. We are putting on the breastplate of righteousness. This will protect our hearts from Satan’s attack. He is always there, trying to remind us of our past regressions. We must always be aware that our past has been wiped away by the grace of God through Jesus. The breastplate will help guard our hearts from these attacks.

The Shoes (the Gospel of Peace)

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Ephesians 6:15)

A warrior’s feet are, arguably, one of the most important parts that needs protecting. The feet help a warrior stand fast against the enemy. They provide stability and agility and the freedom of movement. Protecting them is important. Damaged feet can severely hamper a warrior’s ability to fight.

The gospel of peace is the protection our feet need to stand fast against the enemy. It allows us to stand fast and proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The Shield of Faith

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16)

The shield is what I would call the first line of defense for the warrior. It is used to defend the warrior from the enemy’s attack. It will move with the warrior as he defends himself, regardless of the direction of the attack. Our faith is that first line of defense. When we are strong in our faith, we can stop ALL attacks from our spiritual enemies.

The Helmet of Salvation

And take the helmet of salvation,” (Ephesians 6:17)

The helmet is used to guard the head of the warrior against attacks from arrows, swords, and blunt force. Our helmet is used to guard our minds. That is where Satan attacks us. He tells us lies. If we believe those lies, then we start to question our faith. And when we question our faith, we lose focus on God and His Word. The helmet will keep Satan out of our minds so that we can always keep our focus on God.

The Sword of the Spirit

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

The sword can be used for both offense and defense. Our sword is the Word of God (the Bible). Using our sword, we can tear down any stronghold that the enemy may have over us. Lies told by Satan can easily be taken down because we have the truth in the Word of God.

We need our armor now more than ever. Public officials are being targeted by witches and Satanists; Baphomet statues are being erected in public; the arch of Baal was erected in Washington DC as well as New York City.

If you stay in the Word and never take off your armor, you can make it through these trying times.

God Bless!

So….Right?!

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Okay, it’s pet peeve time. And for me, these might go down in my personal history as pet peeves that actually makes me cringe when I hear them.

Now this pet peeve is actually something that is said by people after being asked a question.

It’s the use of the word ‘So’ to start the response. Here are a few examples:

Question: What is the best way to measure dry ingredients for baking:
Answer: So, you always want to use a Pyrex measuring cup for liquids only.

Question: How did you hear about the sale at this store?
Answer: So, I happened to be listening to the radio and…

Question: How did you get that new TV at such a good price?
Answer: So, I happened to be in the store this weekend and…

See where I’m going with this?

At what point did we start sentences with the word ‘so?’

I’m starting to hear it more and more. And that’s probably because I’m actually listening for it.

I happened to be flipping through radio stations while driving home from work and i stopped at NPR for a short time. I don’t usually listen to NPR but it was the only station not playing a commercial.

While I was listening, the host was interviewing someone about a certain topic. I don’t remember the topic but what I do remember is that she started every answer with the word ‘so.’ And when I say every answer, I mean every answer. On a second occassion, a different person wa being interviewed and this person started every answer with the word ‘so.’ They even managed to throw in a ‘Well, so…’ I mean, honestly, why?

Okay, on to pet peeve number two: ending a sentence with ‘right?!’

No, not ‘right?!’

By using that word, in that ,way, at the end of a sentence, you are attempting to convince me of your position. Sorry, no dice. I’ll agree with you if I actually agree with you and not if you try to convince me with the word ‘right?!’ This is actually something that QVC and HSN hosts tend to do. And that’s probably why I buy too much food from them.

Okay, that’s it for me. I think I’ve vented enough. And I hope that all of you will start to pick up on these things and that it becomes your perpetual earworm.

You’re welcome. 🙂

God Bless!

 

 

Rome, the Colosseum, and Moloch

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Well, folks, I’m back again with another installment of my apostasy series.

In today’s installment, we are going to look at a recent article I saw about a giant display of the ancient god Moloch. A link to the article can be found here.

It’s another assault on Christians and our Christian faith.

In summary, a statue representing Moloch was placed outside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. It’s supposed to be part of an ‘art display’ celebrating the art of the Carthaginian culture.

Needless to say, there are a number of Christians who have expressed their distress over the placement of this statue at the entrance of the Colosseum.

It is believed that the Colosseum was used not only for entertainment such as gladiator combat and naval games, but it was the site where Christians became martyrs.

Those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were deemed heretics because their allegiance was to Jesus rather than the emperor. Because of this, they were arrested, tried, convicted, and brought to the Colosseum where they were sacrificed as part of the gladiator games or killed by lions. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV made it official church policy that the Colosseum was to be seen as a sacred and holy site and should be treated as such.

The statue of Moloch occupying this space is the antithesis to what Catholics believe this site represents.

Moloch was an ancient god who was worshipped by both the ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians. These people sacrificed their children to this ancient god There are a number of references in the Bible to this ‘sacrafice by fire’, including Ezekiel and Leviticus. Babies were brought to Moloch and thrown into a sacraficial fire as a way of worshipping him. This can act can be tied to the modern act of abortion.

No matter how you look at it, this is a disgusting display.

Anyone who hasn’t already needs ot wake up and see what’s going on around them and stand up to it. Things have been in montion for a while now but everything seems to be speeding up: trans story hour; men being allowed to go into women’s restrooms and locker rooms because they ‘identify’ as women; Colorado passing a law that allows girls 12 and under to walk around topless; lesbian priests supporting abortion; and on and on and on.

I can’t say much more on this topic but what I can ask is that you take a good look around and see what’s coming and be prepared. By that, I mean, give your life over to Jesus. That’s the only way you can be assured that you will survive the storm that’s coming. As long as you’re alive, it’s never too late.

God Bless.

 

Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

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I started writing a post about leadership and how God can help you lead but I had to put the brakes on that one when I saw and read the article linked below.

Unfortunately, this ties nicely into a series of posts I had done concerning the apostasy of the church. I think I was numbering them but I’m going to forgo that and just subtitle this one “The Apostasy of the Church – a continuing story.”

When I speak of the apostasy of the church, I am referring to the apostasy from within.

I’m sitting here right now and I can’t quite get my head around what is happening in our world. I am, however, reminded of what Paul wrote in Ephesians:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

There are so many things wrong with this that I can’t even begin to write them down. The first is that she is a lesbian.

Let me be clear that I do not condone her lifestyle choice. It’s clear in Leviticus 18:22 where God is stating that man will not lie with man as he does with woman. While not clearly stated here, we can make the assumption that He also meant that women should not lie with women. It is, however, clear in Romans 1:26:

For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:…”

Now to address her stance on abortion. Where do I begin with this?

Here is a quote from Ragsdale taken from a Rewire article she co-wrote in 2008:

“Thirty years ago, abortion was seen as a positive advancement — medically, socially, and religiously. … From a religious perspective, abortion enabled women to be responsible stewards of their God-given gifts and talents — to make decisions about how to order their lives so that they could best use those gifts to serve God and the common good,” she co-wrote in an article published by Rewire in 2008.

“But now, after decades of badgering and finger-wagging from the purportedly morally superior Right, not only are individual women succumbing to obligatory guilt where once there was relief and gratitude, but even the pro-choice movement has jumped on the bandwagon,” Ragsdale said, opining that certain terminology is harmful to the cause as it “dispar[ages], rather than “rejoic[es] in, abortion.”

I find it impossible to rejoice in the death of an unborn child.

in the article, she also states that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the unborn are people. And yet, abortions can be performed in their trimester. If you look at the picture of the fetus during the their trimester, I would have to say that it looks very much like a person. Psalm 127:3 states this very clearly:

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

The bottom line is that we need to stand up for what is right. The church is not a building but the body of Christ. We are the church.

I will first say, upfront, that I won’t chastise anyone who is Lutheran or Catholic or Episcopalian but one thing we can do is to abandon these organized religions that teach apostasy and go back to having Bible study within our homes. Remember that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them.

This post might agitate some but I think this something that needs to be brought out into the light. The comments section is open if you wish to discuss this further. 🙂

God Bless!

 

Source: Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

Halloween – Just Another Harmless Holiday?

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I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a bit.

I was recently promoted to a new position in my company and with that comes a lot of extra work and not a lot of time for anything else. I am trying to keep up with it. I might even write a blog about leadership and how God leads us through it but I go where the Spirit takes me (which is why I haven’t written a follow up to the Bilderberg blog I wrote a while back).

That being said, I thought I would stick with tradition and repost a blog I wrote a few years ago about Halloween.

Since I wrote this, things in this country (and, quite frankly, around the world) have changed dramatically. I believe evil is ever more pervasive. And celebrating Halloween could give Satan a bigger foothold in both our lives and the lives of those around us. Recall what Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this workd, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).

Be mindful of this time of year and, as Christians, take a moment to really think about what this holiday is truly about and whether or not you should be celecbrating.

Okay, on to the blog…

October is here and in full swing. The air is beginning to get colder and crisper and the trees are beginning to display their fall foliage. In just about a week and a half it will be All Hallow’s Eve, otherwise known as Halloween.

It’s a time of year when kids go from door to door and collect candy from both neighbors and strangers; businesses will decorate for Halloween and some may even have a Halloween party for the children of the employees (mine is one of them). Some schools partake in the festivities by having the kids parade around the school grounds in their costume of choice.

There are many stories that explain the origin of Halloween. Most of them seem to have a common theme among them.

Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic pagan tradition known as Samhain (pronounced ‘sow en’). This day is considered to be the highest holy day for pagans. For them, this is the day where the barrier separating the living from the dead is the thinnest and both the living and the dead can cross over into the other’s world. It’s thought that ghosts, goblins, witches, and demons of all kinds come out to play along with the spirits of the dearly departed.

Halloween Costumes

The origins of the Halloween costume are numerous and varied but I will narrow it down to the three most common ones I have found:

1) The costume was worn so that it would disguise the wearer from identification during their participation in the Samhain festival.

2) The costume was designed to attract the evil spirits to the wearer in an effort to commune with that spirit and have that spirit (or demon) become part of the wearer.

3) The costume would cause the wearer to take on the personality of the costume they are wearing.

The Jack O’ Lantern

There are a few different origin stories for the illuminated pumpkin but the one told by Irish folklorists is that of a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree and picking an apple for him. While the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk of the tree. Thee cross prevented the devil from coming down out of the tree. Jack made the devil swear that he would not try to steal Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly made the promise.

When Jack died, he went to Heaven but God didn’t accept him because of the drunk and stingy lifestyle he led. The devil didn’t accept him either because of his promise to Jack. As Jack was leaving Hell, munching on a turnip, the devil threw a red hot coal at Jack. Jack caught it and put it inside the turnip as a way to light his way while he wandered the earth looking for a home. We now use the pumpkin as a substitute for the turnip as it’s a lot easier to carve.

Trick-Or-Treating

Today, kids can be seen roaming the streets going from door to door asking for candy. If no candy is provided, then they must perform a trick on the homeowner as a way of getting back at them for their confectionery oversight.

It is generally believed that this started as part of the Celtic tradition. Many believed that not all of the spirits roaming the earth were necessarily good ones. They left treats out to appease the evil ones from doing harm to them.

Halloween has changed from its original Celtic pagan roots into something more palatable, having gained some of these changes from Roman Catholic influences. Some churches have even gotten into this more modern approach to Halloween by having activities such as ‘Trunk-or-Treat.’

As a child, I used to dress up and go out and collect candy from all the neighbors. At that age and time, I didn’t know any better. Now that I’ve been saved and my eyes have been opened, I realize that we are participating in the celebration of the occult.

Each family needs to make their own choices and decide if they want to participate in this. For me, however, the Bible is pretty clear on this:

” There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations, the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  ” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

To me, it’s pretty clear where God stands on this. My family has chosen not to participate in this tradition. As Christians, I think we should all strive to do the same.