February 10, 2006, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Myrlene Severe was returning from a trip in Haiti, when an alert Customs officer noticed there was something in her suitcase that she forgot to declare. Her head. Not hers but “a” head.
The skull was supposed to ward off evil spirits, she allegedly told shocked Customs officials. Severe, 30, told them she got the ’’package’’ from a Haitian man and planned to use it to ward off evil spirits as part of her Voodoo beliefs. But instead of protecting her, the head landed her in jail.
Severe, a native of Haiti, was arrested and charged with intentionally smuggling a human head into the United States and not having the proper paperwork, as well as bringing hazardous material on an airplane. Each count carries a five-year maximum sentence, meaning Severe could spend up to 15 years in federal prison if convicted.
Brothers and sisters, Myrlene Severe is severely committed to ward off evil spirits. But I also think she is severely mixed up! Not wanting any evil spirits to attack her is one thing, but acquiring some Haitian skull is not the way to keep them away!
We are not surprised, however, at anything some people do.
Many people are quite superstitious about things in life, but instead of seeking after the one, true living God, they do all kinds of crazy things. They believe in all kinds of crazy things, anywhere from witchcraft to scientology.
We believe, however, in the one true living God, His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit, the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Rom. 8:9 “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”
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