I studied her features, listened to her accent, and finally decided that I would have to ask: “And where did you come from originally?” Her reply surprised me, because she didn’t resemble those I’ve known from the Philippine Islands. She proceeded to explain that her family had moved there from Spain and Holland prior to her birth. She began to explain many things about the Philippines and their culture. It was an exciting time of learning.
Somewhere in the middle of the conversation, she mentioned the multiplied millions of dollars that had been stolen by Marcos. I expressed my “indebtedness” to the Philippines for my heart surgeon. Turning to the lighter side, I explained how I had to build shelves for a lady’s shoes that must have numbered close to those of Mrs. Marcos. (Not quite… Approximately 100 pairs.) It was then that she opened a vista that I had never considered.
People knew that Mrs. Marcos loved shoes. She purchased many from far and wide. However, many of the shoes that she possessed were given to her as gifts. This produced a problem. Many of the people of the Philippines are known for their belief in voodoo. Anything that had been handled by another, stood the possibility of having a curse placed upon it; that could then be cast upon the person who wore it. This meant that because of Mrs. Marcos’ prominence, attacks might have been launched against her in this insidious form. Many of her shoes were never worn and, even if she tried to give them away, people would not want to wear them for fear of an evil curse being applied.
Many are those that go through life with various types of fears attached. Some will say they are not superstitious but will avoid cracks in a sidewalk; walk great distances to avoid a black cat crossing their path; almost have a heart attack if someone puts shoes on a table; avoid the number 13; and the list goes on. Kurt Koch, in his book “The Devil’s Alphabet”, with no attempt to gather all of them, lists 47 different areas of the Occult and Superstition. His excellent writing on “Between Christ and Satan” opened up Ephesians 6:10-20. One cannot help but sense the battle arrayed: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NASB)
We read the words of David: “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands”. (1 Samuel 17:47) This is as real today as the day it was written; we approach the elements of Satan and voodooism with confidence. John writes in his Epistle: “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) We need to read this entire Epistle to garner the truths concerning our not being given over to fear. Claiming victory in the power of the blood of Jesus is the only method of dealing with such an enemy.
By the way… try this pair of shoes: “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. (Ephesians 6:15 NASB) That pair is better than a thousand pairs!