Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oda Mae Brown and Ted Williams

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it.  For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.  See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.   Matthew 24:23-25(NLT)
There are a lot of false offers of salvation out there.

In the 1990 movie “Ghost” Whoopi Goldberg played a reluctant psychic named Oda Mae Brown, who was drawn into a money, mayhem and murder plot.  She was a sham, a fraud, working the unsuspecting for a few dollars.  When the real deal of hell’s demons showed up, she was as helpless as a cast statue of Buddha. 

When we were living in Florida more than 15 years ago I used to see advertisements all along the roadside where Astrologers and fortune tellers like Oda Mae claimed they could help you win it all in the Florida Lottery by predicting the numbers.  One time the Lotto rolled over for 17 straight weeks because nobody picked the winning numbers.  With all those astrological geniuses out there able to predict the winning numbers, wonder why?

Apparently there are those who still believe astrology, fortune-telling and other mysterious dark arts can predict your life’s pathway or keep you out of disaster.  

Many scoff at the idea of astrologers and fortune-telling flim-flam artists.  They have confidence that science, with its computers, sophistication, and knowledge will come up with all the answers we need.

Boston Red Sox slugger and legend Ted Williams thought so.  Williams died in 2002, and his son signed off on having Williams’ body cryogenically frozen, so that someday, when science breaks through and conquers death, he and his son and youngest daughter will be reunited.  Ted Williams was looking for one last home run.

Meanwhile Ted’s body lies in a freezer, and allegations are that the son has been busy trying to make a zillion bucks selling clone material.

Why do we grasp at straws when it comes to gaining an edge on death and the future?  It’s the same reason the serpent had an easy mark with Eve – we are prone to deception. We grasp at anything to be independent from God.

If Oda Mae and Ted Williams can teach us anything, it’s:

The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God’.
Psalm 14:1(KJV)

And their example helps us understand why the wise know that:

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7(NLT)

For You Today

The most incredible foolishness is available to anyone who wants to disown God and try to solve all of life’s problems on their own; just ask Oda Mae .

But for the wise, staying close to God and learning to be obedient to His ways are the source of all the real answers!

[1] Title image: By David Shankbone (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

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