Voodoo’s meaning has nothing to do with fun

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday morning, I overheard a group of men at PJ’s Coffee Shop talking about this past weekend’s Voodoo Festival.

They agreed the festival has really become a big hit with many people.

I’ll never forget my first experience with voodoo and the practice of voodooism. It was in 1955 while serving in the Navy. The ship I was on made a recreational cruise to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

I wasn’t a Christian then and had never heard the term “voodoo.”

It wasn’t long before you could feel the depressed spirit of its people and my first experience with extreme poverty.

At night you could hear the drums of the witch doctors.

Even then, being a free-spirited sailor who enjoyed a good time, I knew the practice of voodoo was an evil practice. Why do I say evil?  

The Webster’s dictionary describes it as a religion of the West Indies based in Haiti. It’s noted for its interest in sorcery, charms and fetishes.

The practice of voodooism claimed or reputed to provide an ingenious or seemingly magical solution to a problem, but in reality, of little value or effectiveness.

The bottom line is that it is a phony religion that attracts the dark side of people.

The Voodoo Festival organizers evidently believe that timing is important to promoting their weekend.

It always coincides with the celebration of Halloween, a night that promotes everything that’s not Christian.

The Bible warns in the last days people will be deceived with false prophets and many evil attractions.

Am I condemning the many who are entertained by the dark side of life?

No, I’m grieved that one of my grandchildren went to all three days of the Voodoo Festival.

I just thank God that He has removed the blinders from my eyes so now I can identify the light from the darkness. I pray the same for all of my family.


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