Court was delayed that morning because a lawyer was searching frantically for an eagle feather !
Here, in Newfoundland, anyone giving testimony in a Court of Law can swear an oath on a sacred eagle feather. For indigenous peoples, the eagle feather is a sacred object. It is from a highly esteemed bird that flies closest to the creator.
People can choose to swear an oath on a Bible, or an eagle feather, or they may simply “affirm” to tell the truth.
Do Christians need to swear an oath on a Bible ?
Jesus says ‘no’. (Matthew 5:34-37). As Christians, we are people of truth, and we do not break the ninth Commandment, which commands us not to bear false witness against a neighbour. Jesus says ‘Let your yes be yes, and your no, be no.’
There is another benefit to being habitually honest. It gives us a clear conscience, and thus life becomes more peaceful.
The pictured feather is not a sacred eagle feather.
Instead, it is a ‘gift’ from our Seagull buddy Scott, who visits us everyday for treats, usually bits of cod, hotdog wieners, or the occasional small donut.
We believe that he occasionally drops a feather for us as his way of saying ‘thank-you’.