john macarthur and doug pagitt were on cnn a couple days ago for a brief discussion of yoga and christianity. i’m sure any christian would find something in one of the perspectives to disagree with, since they have such diametrically opposed positions (at least as presented here).
i do find it interesting that macarther says, “the idea of christianity is to fill your mind with biblical truth….” this seems to reveal (and i realize this was a live interview, and i would have been stumbling all over my words if i’d been on it!) one of the subtle but dangerous shifts that evangelicalism has brought to christianity — that of worshipping scripture, rather than worshipping god in christ. paul encourages us to “have the mind of christ.” it’s a subtle, but important, distinction, i think. of course, we find jesus in scripture, and god is revealed in scripture, and interacting with scripture is part of the transformation of our minds (and lives). but the goal is to have the mind of christ, not a mind of biblical truth.
i do appreciate macarthur’s very first comments, however, in response to the question if yoga is dangerous for christians: “well, that would depend on how the yoga is conducted. if it’s just purely execise, and you’re a strong christian, it probably wouldn’t have any impact on your faith.”
anyhow. interesting stuff. in some ways, this seems like a tiny, superfluous issue. but it seems that as the gap between culture and christianity moves forward, and widens in many cases (and gets smaller in other cases), this, and other issues like this, are the things we need to wrestle with.