Thursday, October 07, 2010
Yoga and Christians
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, there was much concern in the conservative, evangelical wing of Christianity about yoga and other Eastern mystical practices getting a foothold in the church. I think those concerns were justified at the time, and I think they're still justified.
Southern Baptist theologian Dr. Albert Mohler is concerned, and wrote an article on the subject, an article referenced in this news clip. Predictably, a hue and cry has sallied forth blasting Mohler for attacking what is clearly an unbiblical practice with demonic roots. If you look at the angry responses from some of the women in the AP story, they're huffing and puffing about how yoga makes them "feel." They could care less about biblical truth. Feelings are all that matters.
At one time, I leaned toward allowing that yoga exercises per se were harmless if they were done as physical exercises alone without the spiritual chants and mind-emptying practices. I have changed my views since then. As they say down South, "you might as well eat the Devil's meat as to drink his broth."
We have come to a point in our culture where Christians must stand separate and distinct from the unbelieving world. We must not confuse spiritual truth by leaning into anything that smacks of syncretism. Participating in Eastern mystical practices only fudges and confuses. We'd better wake up to that fact and quit being so gullible and undiscerning.