RABBIT’S FOOT FAITH
A few years ago it was common to see people with a rabbit’s foot hanging from the rear view mirror of their vehicle, a key chain, a purse strap, or a loop of their Levi’s, etc. for good luck.
“In some cultures, the foot of a rabbit is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck. This belief is held by individuals in a great number of places around the world; including Europe, China, Africa, and North and South America. This belief likely has existed in Europe since 600 BCE among Celtic people. In variations of this superstition, the donor rabbit must possess certain attributes, have been killed in a particular place, killed by a particular method, or by a person possessing particular attributes (e.g., by a cross-eyed man).” Wikipedia
Like many things, the rabbit’s foot is not only a part of superstition but is directly connected to witchcraft and voodoo magic (See the Wikipedia article). One of the probable reasons it has gone out of style is the presence of Animal Rights people resisting this as an innocent charm.
I was reminded of this recently when I heard someone say they had “rabbit’s foot faith” meaning they had been lucky to believe in God. There is no such thing. Faith is volitional and a choice we each must make and there is no luck to it.
Poor little rabbits; and poor little people who believe in such things.
“Have faith in God.” Jesus