Two quick confessions to get out of the way:
1. Joseph thinks that Oprah is the Antichrist. He has said it time and time again, and I'm pretty sure that there have been many times that he has said it and not been in jest.
2. Oprah is a show that I occasionally watch. With that said, I am not faithful about watching every show. I am actually quite picky about which shows I watch. But, I have to admit - she is on my DVR.
Alrighty, now that we have that out of the way, I am quite perturbed about her newest...endeavor. She is hosting a live webinar on Monday nights for the latest book in her book club entitled, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Here is the Reader's Digest version: Written by Eckhart Tolle, a New Age, spiritual teacher, who writes about a need for heightened awareness of the present and asserts that we must abandon ego as a means to that awakened state of living. A New Earth, unapologetically, gets its title from the verse in Revelation referring to the coming of “a new heaven and a new earth.” But (the plot thickens!), according to Tolle, there is a twist. For Tolle, “heaven” is merely the awakened state that will bring about “a new earth” in the outer world, which he calls, the world of form. Get it? Me either.
Oprah is known for her New Age-y, spiritual, all-roads-lead-to-heaven, we-are-all-good-people, there-are-many-ways-but-the-same-God, rhetoric. So why does this bother you, you ask? Because now she is not just endorsing, she is discipling. That, makes me nervous. Very nervous.
I think there are so many...good Christians. They love God, they're good people, they try to live by the Golden Rule and treat people how they would want to be treated. I don't say this mockingly, but sadly. I am sad that they don't know the Truth. And because they haven't encountered Him, they blindly follow and drink Kool Aid. Yep, that makes me sad.
So, what do I do? Boycott? That seems to be the course of action for Christians when they don't like something - Starbucks, The Golden Compass, Disney...the list goes on. Or whine about it on my blog (check) or... I don't know. What I do know is that the report on Oprah’s website was that 500,000 people were logged in simultaneously, making it the largest single event in the history of the Internet. Oprah has reported on her show that people from 139 countries had registered for the course. I know that's a lot of people drinking Kool Aid. And I know that I need to be educated and know why I believe what I believe.
What do you know?
ps. I found this website...interesting.