Pennsylvania German Powwow

Faith healing and folk magic of the Pennsylvania Germans


powwow and the politics of healing

Posted by Rob Phoenix on June 23, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Believe it or not, I've received some nasty emails over the past three years claiming that I'm not a "real" powwow because I don't endorse Candidate A or Candidate B. Politics has unfortunately infiltrated the folk magic community and I'm not at all surprised by this. Our country is currently going through a very dark time. Our current administration in Washington has brought out the worst in our society. Racism and bigotry run unchecked these days and the white house revels in fanning the flames of dissent. Between 'fake news' and the daily lies from our Nation's highest office, it's no wonder that we feel a sense of negativity and stress all the time. Just a few short years ago our country seemed to be a haven of progress and progressive values. Now we are thrown back into pre-Civil Rights days of blacks and gays and hispanics not being welcomed in public spaces. It's horrible.

As a powwow...a is our God-given duty to help others in need, no matter their situation. And we do so freely. That means WITHOUT JUDGMENT. When someone comes to me, I do what they need me to do, whether I believe they need it or not. That's not my call. My duty is to do the work that God has given me to do, regardless of their first language or national origin or sexual preference or skin color. It's insulting to me that there are some people who believe I'm wrong in doing this.

A powwow is a Christian. A Christian is a follower of Christ. Christ spoke about loving thy neighbor as one loves thyself. We need no further instruction than this.

I am always reminded of "The Great Commission"


The Great Commission

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to vhe whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

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