Thursday, March 01, 2007

Done with Oprah

I'm embarrassed that I was ever "not done" Oprah.

I have excused her long enough because "she brings light to situations in other countries that our media doesn't cover" or "I like to watch her rediculous give-aways" or "she may be twisted but she helps a lot of people" or "I loved watching her bra and jean interventions."

I'm not saying that I'm making a life long vow to never watch her again (though worth the consideration), but that I refuse to allow her subtle and not so subtle ideas about life, God, fulfillment, etc to infiltrate my thinking.

It has and that's hard to admit. I thought I was immune because I know the truth, but I am being convicted of my responsibility to take great care as to what I allow to come into my mind, heart and home.

"The Secret" has pushed me over the edge and now I'm fed up. A friend recently commented that someone she knows calls Oprah the anti-christ. Not going that far, but oh how the Deceiver is using her powerfully! I couldn't believe what I read about the masses of people that are buying up this book faster than they can print them! She is such a loud voice among a people desperate for truth and meaning and joy. What a waste.

I keep asking myself, "Why is it that her voice completely drowns out the church?" Is it her smooth speech, gorgeous clothes, lavish lifestyle? Are people across the nation buying into "The Secret" somehow hoping that they will attain the life that Oprah has (though she adamently preaches that money doesn't fulfill....only you can fulfill yourself)? I'm sure it's not that simple, but perhaps it's part of it.

I pray that I and other Christians will have the wisdom and grace to respond to this with the gospel. After all, hasn't Oprah (and Satan) gripped the hearts of many self-claimed Christians with millions of partial truths strung together like pearls?

I know you have thoughts on this and I would love to hear them.

Justin Taylor shares his thoughts here.

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” --2 Corinthians 11:13-14


Noah, Katie, Ethan, Emilie said...

Hello. I saw that Oprah episode. I was very upset after I saw it. I feel the same way. I'm done.


meghann said... too! maby we can all call each other at 4:00 to see if we are each doing something productive :)lol.

Stacey said...

this is such dangerous stuff! it has the shallow covering of truth, but just underneath the surface it deceives! i'm not really surprised by oprah. she's always been into self-divinity and sometimes will use Scripture or God. it's so hard to say i'm done with it! is that bad?

Josh and Dana said...

Stacey, I don't know if it's bad or not yet....but I relate. That's why I made a point to say that I'm not boycotting her all together. But definitely not tuning in as much. I think you've been much more discerning and skeptical in the past than I have. I needed "The Secret" to put me over the edge.

Anonymous said...

my dear DanaClaudetteNinskeyPumpkinPie-I love you.Oprah has been trying to "find herself" for years. Well, she ain't found her yet! I will pray for her and those folks on the show called The View. These are dangerous shows.