Friday, April 25, 2008

No More 4:00 Oprah Dates

As many afternoons as we could pull it off, my friend Daiquiri and I would take a break from Mommy chores, let the kids play, and watch Oprah together. We loved it when Dr. Oz was on, or Nate Berkus was doing magic making over people's homes. But my hands down favorite shows were makeovers where a stay-at-home mom in her sweats would be transformed before our eyes into this stylish woman with a great new hairdo. It gave me hope that they'd be knocking on my door someday. Oprah was fun.

All of that has changed. Oprah's not fun anymore. In fact, our 4:00 Oprah dates have become a thing of the past. Neither one of us can stand to watch it any more.

I've recognized for a long time that Oprah was morphing from "Oprah the Talk Show Host", to "Guru Oprah." I guess I just never realized how far she would take it. And now the message that Guru Oprah is sharing with her millions of viewers is one that has gone from "not fun" to heartbreaking. This is serious, because if her message is embraced, it will have eternal consequences.

I've been watching from the sidelines as the new Oprah book club choice was announced, Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. I've visited Oprah's website and read through "Take Today's Lesson," a daily lesson that is written by Marianne Williamson and based on the New Age handbook, A Course in Miracles. I've been so heartbroken by it all, recognizing evil behind what appears good, and wanting to respond, but I've been overwhelmed by the scope of it all. So many people are talking about it now. Fox News even did a series on the controversy. There are so many, many, many points in the teachings that have my spiritual red flags blaring. Where would I even begin?

But the more I've watched this issue discussed, and the more I've seen the numbers growing of people interested in what the controversy is all about, the more I've felt a need to respond and to warn my loved ones to beware of all of this.

I see this issue as so much bigger than Oprah. Even if you aren't an Oprah watcher. Even if you are not a Christian, I still think this controversy has relevance. It comes down to the question of is there Truth or not? Is there an eternity? Is there a Creator?

It is also very interesting to see that this is nothing new. This specific controversy is new. Oprah may be a new spokesman for this message, but the philosophy is as old as time. This current buzz will blow over, but when it does, the philosophy will rise up in a new package. The Bible is very clear about this type of teaching. It's awesome to see that a book written so long ago could predict a modern controversy.

I'm not sure where I'm going to begin, but I need to dedicate a few blog posts to responding to all of this before I burst. I will throw in some fun stuff, too, and pictures for Grandma in between this deep thinking, but there will just have to be a few more blog posts out in cyberspace about Oprah, because Becky's riled up. And for those of you who know me, it takes a lot to do that. : )


Jennybug said...

I can't wait to read more. I know what you mean, it is definitely not as uplifting as it used to be. However, I do not know much about this book. I'll check back!

Anonymous said...

You don't have to warn me. Oprah has been on my "evil" radar for a long time. She is just suttle enough to mix her spiritual messages in among so much "fun stuff" that she is hard to give up. Even Christians rationalize that they just watch her when she isn't being Oprah, but that is getting less and less often. I see a lot of people being sucked into that beautiful side of evil.

Anonymous said...

Oops I forgot to sign that last one. It's me Mom

Katy said...

I hear ya Beck, I am not an Oprah watcher, but after hearing her latest messages and book club book information. I will now make sure I don't watch or support anything she is involved in. I'm sure you have seen the clip on youtube. If you haven't here's the link, it's pretty scary!

Praise God for the woman who stood up even to Oprah and let her voice be known!

Emma said...

It's scary isn't it? I've heard about this "Church of Oprah", as it's called, for a while now. I guess there are over 300,000 "members". Same as your mom, I've not been an Oprah fan for a while. Pretty much ever since she scared the United States out of eating beef and almost completely destroyed the Beef Market in the U.S. single handedly. She is so influential! I just hope people look past the famous face and really look into the craziness she is preaching! Keep up this blog, hopefully it will reach some people!