Tuesday, April 6, 2010

If It Says "Christian" It's OK...Right?

Have you noticed all the stuff out there lately that has been given the "Christian" label.  Not to say that it all is not Christian, but we should really be careful what we accept blindly as Christian...just because it has been labeled "Christian".  Listen to some of these examples:  Christian music, Christian dating, Christian yoga, Christian jobs, Christian singles, Christian science, Christian movies, Christian communities, Christian cruises, Christian aerobics, Christian martial arts, Christian vacations, etc.  You could probably add a few more!

I am not an alarmist but we really need to be sensitive to the things that are not Christian at all!  It seems as if we can easily put the word "Christian" on some activities that are normally very worldly and feel as if (since they are Christian) they are alright.  For instance, Christian yoga.  I can feel some temps already rising because I mentioned Christian Yoga!  Well...take the word Yoga.  Listen to its meaning and origin.  The Divine Life Society says, "If you define Yoga in the simplest term, it is the steady movement of the individual soul towards the Supreme Soul. Yoga is a steady ascent to the Divine. Yoga and Vedanta are universal in their scope. They are the property of all mankind. Yoga uses a technique by which you overcome the bondage of body through restraining your senses, mastering your mind, and controlling your thoughts and desires. Going beyond them, you reach the inner depth of your all-perfect and divine being. Yoga is a path that leads up to the state of supreme blessedness and peace. Its practices constitute the techniques for the purification and preparation of human consciousness for entering into the experience of the supreme blissful Divine Reality."  Now if you are a follower of Christ, you know that we are to discipline our bodies by the renewing of our minds.  The only body we are "one" with is Christ's body (through the cross).  And eventually we will get our new bodies.  These old bodies will be done away with!  Just because it has the label "Christian" doesn't mean that it is Christian.  If any of it's practices or procedures are misaligned with or contradict the Word of God...it is not Christian!

I truly think it's time for Christ-followers to equip themselves with God's Word, and build themselves up through prayer to the only true Divine Realities...Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.  Don't be taken in by activities that have the word "Christian" attached to them.  What would you think if you saw an ad that said "Christian Gambling", or "Christian Casino"?  Would you think "Oh great!  Finally it's OK to blow my money as long as I do it with Christians."  How about "Christian Prostitutes"?  Isn't it OK since it's Christian?  No...because it's not Christian!  It just has the label "Christian".  Satan is eating the lunch of so many believers because they simply don't know what's truly Christian and not.  Remember what Peter tells us in I Peter 5:8, "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."  If you don't know...you might get eaten!

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