The christian and “good luck”.

This is a topic that’s bugged me for awhile now.

Saying “good luck” to someone as a means of expressing support or solidarity with that person in a venture has bothered me as of late. Should we as Christians be saying it to begin with?

Yes, as Christians we affirm that all things are ordered to Gods plan and providence. We know nothing on earth or in heaven happens without the express allowance of God. I personally do not “believe” in good luck. But it’s a little catch phrase that I’ve been saying since I was a kid…it’s practically a knee jerk reaction to say  to someone as they go for a job interview or are about to take a test or whatever.

By saying it we are saying, “I wish you the best”, or “Go get’m” or something like that. We do not mean to convey this arbitrary idea of luck to the person, we just want them to know we wish them the best.

What do you think? What do you say?

I’m undecided at the moment…..

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10 Responses to The christian and “good luck”.

  1. murphy24p says:

    I too, don’t believe in the term for the reasons you listed… In God’s economy, what does it even mean? I stopped using the term a while back…

  2. Once I heard Michael Horton citing John Calvin as saying that since whatever comes to pass was ordained by God, and since it usually comes to pass by the ordinary means of secondary causes, it is legitimate to speak of luck or fortune or chance, as long as you are keeping in mind the agency of secondary causes. Don’t have a citation, but that’s what Horton said Calvin said, who was attempting to accurately build on what God said.

  3. Teri says:

    I believe you can not believe in Jesus Christ and luck. That is one thing that very much disturbed me during the presidental campaign – both candidate professing to be Christians but both showing off their “good luck” charms and rituals. It kinda creeped me out, to be truthful.

  4. compugor says:

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

  5. Keith Graham says:

    This has always bugged me as well. I avoid the expression, but “proactively” try to substitute something that draws attention to the God of Providence instead:

    Enjoy the game!
    Shine on in that interview!
    God be with you in that!

    Or even the simple, God bless, as I hope He does all who might read this. ☺

  6. compugor says:

    The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand. from the HEIDELBERG CATECHISM

  7. Rain says:

    I use the term “Mazel Tov”, which has a slightly different connotation than “good luck”, or I simply say, “Blessings!”

  8. kazzibag says:

    Here is something else I have learned:
    The fastest runners
    and the greatest heroes
    don’t always win races
    and battles.
    Wisdom, intelligence, and skill
    don’t always make you healthy,
    rich, or popular.
    We each have our share
    of bad luck. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 CEV)

  9. Jeremy says:

    I think that it is fine to believe in and mention luck. It merely admits that God does not exert control over all things, but allows for many things simply to happen according to human will. Consider the butterfly effect, in which many small factors can join to produce a larger effect which might seem random. The billions of people on this planet produce probably just as many butterfly effects every day, and to say otherwise is to deny free will.

  10. Rick says:

    To say one is lucky robs God of praise and thanks. If there was such a thing as luck there would not be any miracles.

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