"What does it mean?" As a foreigner in a foreign land immersed in foreign culture, I have asked this question a million times. At Berakah, I have seen it again and again. A thin rope tied around a child's waist. "What does it mean?"
It is considered a harmless custom to protect the child from sickness, to keep the baby well and to ward off evil spirits. In short...a fetish.
I just recently had a conversation with one of our teachers who loves God. And yet sincerely believes the cultural tradition. It is what has always been done. And because the rope was given at one of the community churches, it must be okay.
I didn't judge her. I just discussed the meaning of a fetish with her and shared God's thoughts about it. For her consideration. Light shining on the darkness.
Please pray for us as we confront darkness and all of its lies here in South Africa!
"Light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot overcome it." - John 1:5