Lucky Stars of September
By Steve Bietz
I know almost next to nothing about the Zodiac signs and the daily checking of a person’s horoscope. As far as I’m concerned, horoscopes rank mighty low on my list of things to look at each day. I suspect I have not peaked at a horoscope in 30 – 40 years…that is until today as I write this article for the readers of Blue Ridge Christian News.
It appears that most of September is dedicated to those whose Zodiac sign is known as Virgo. So you Virgo’s out there, here is your horoscope. “If you have in mind to buy new toys, best to wait and shop around. Expect a delay in an event that is planned and someone will back out of an arrangement this month just when everything was sorted. Conjugal life will be blissful. Health prospects are encouraging.” Well, now I remember why I don’t look at my horoscope. The American Federation of Astrologers claims that 70 million Americans check their horoscopes every day. Astrology is either an ancient and valuable system of understanding the natural world and our place in it with roots in early Mesopotamia, China, Egypt, and Greece, or complete rubbish. It just depends on whom you ask on what they might think about their so-called, lucky stars. As I looked at the horoscope for Virgo birthdays for September, I did see where one could call a phone number that will cost you .95 cents a minute for personal forecasts as you search for meaning and guidance.
There is a much better source for such information than the arrangement of the stars in September. According to Paul, “the sacred writings” found in the Bible “are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” “All scripture,” he indicates, “is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17 RSV). And Peter claims that the Bible is as “a light that shines in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19), while the Psalmist proclaims that the Bible “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119: 105). What do you know, not one word about my lucky star guidance?
But though it does not say anything about the signs of the Zodiac, the Bible does provide answers to our most basic and most essential questions. The Bible answers the meaning of life and what happens to a man when he dies. The Bible tells us where this world came from and what the future holds. The Bible tells us how sin arose and how it is being dealt with. And the Bible provides principles by which to live our daily lives.
Yes, you can go to any newspaper, other than Blue Ridge Christian News, and check your horoscope and see if your stars will be lucky this month of September. I don’t recommend that path. Instead, go to the Word of God for your daily dose of information and see in scripture the voice of your Heavenly Father as He gives you meaning and joy in your life. And you will have a peace that surpasses all understanding. ( Philippians 4:7) So on the one hand we have a star alignment that is supposed to guide us in life, or we have the Holy Bible with council from the Almighty, all-knowing God. I hope and pray that the right choice is just too obvious to miss.
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