As you travel the world, you witness various practices that might seem somewhat strange to your own cultural norms, however when carefully considered, these practices can bring a new perspective and richness to your life.
Two such practices from the South Pacific Islands provide a very different perspective about what it means to “walk with Jesus”.
A particular custom relates to the rituals, songs and dances in New Guinea. In this instance, people would work themselves into a frenzy culminating in what is called “the murder song,” in which they shout before their gods the names of the people they wish to kill. When these people became Christian, the customs were modified to reflect their new God. The “murder songs” were no longer songs of hate for others, but their hatred of sin.
With their deep love for God, the pagan customs had been captured for Christ.
Another such cultural practice comes from the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands. When a person desired to join a new tribe, a ceremony would be held whereby the individual would crawl through the legs of the chief to symbolise the rebirth and acceptance of the individual into the new tribe.
A new life had been born, new allegiances cemented. The individual was now living under the banner and protection of the chief and tribe.
New life is often spoken of not just in society, but also in the Bible. The Bible records many examples of people, who, after leading a life of heartache and pain, encountered Jesus and His transforming love, to begin a new walk of hope and purpose.