Monday, October 25, 2010

yoga is demonic, says mark driscoll

Oh, here we go again!

My coworker pointed me to this article in Relevant about Christians doing yoga. An avid yoga-goer, I was super interested to read it. Until, that is, I saw Mark Driscoll's name in the first sentence. Rolling my eyes at least halfway back in my head, I sighed and pressed on.

He never disappoints. "Yoga is demonic," Driscoll announced definitively. "Yoga is absolute paganism." "Yoga and meditation and Easternism (yes, he said that) are all opening to demons." Anticipating the counterargument that yoga can actually help people connect to God, Driscoll was quick to compare this with "getting drunk and sleeping with your girlfriend in the name of Jesus" or becoming a Jehovah's Witness and worshiping a false God.

As someone who has never held Driscoll's teaching in high regard, it's not shocking to find that all of this strikes me as deeply thoughtless, bombastic, uninformed, and frustrating. Beyond my own opinion, though, is real (anecdotal) evidence. I know several Christians - myself included - who have benefitted in very real ways from doing yoga, and whose walks with God have been deepened through their practice. The Psalms, Proverbs, and other parts of the Bible make reference to the goodness of meditating on the word and works of God, and practicing yoga is a fantastic space to practice taking your thoughts captive to do just that, as you connect with your body, a good gift from God.

"If you just sign up for a little yoga class, you're signing up for a little demon class, that's what you're doing," Driscoll says. (A 'little' yoga class? Are we four?)
The point that Driscoll is missing here is that we can connect with God in all things where he will choose to meet us. And turning away from him, or to another God - as in the Jehovah's Witness example - although not beyond the pale of God by any means, aren't usual instruments of God's formation. But yoga? Yes, it originated in the Hindu tradition. And people were praying long before Jesus set foot on earth. Should we summarily dismiss prayer, as well? Or fasting, or solitude? Or should we meet God where he is, and where he is working in us? That's what I'll choose to do.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

don't worry . . .

don't worry about skills you don't have. just extract your uniqueness. - max lucado, via a coffee mug in our office.

i'm going to do this today. i hope you do, too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

good night

it's seven fifty pm and i am showered and in bed, with no intention of leaving until morning. i'm sleepy, and it's times like this when i think of how my friend sarah and i will joke (half-joke, really) about being jealous of babies. (really, think about it - you're cuddled up all day long, you get pushed around in a stroller when you're going from place to place, and at the end of the day, someone puts you in bed and sings to you and pets your head as you go to sleep. but i digress.)

the time before i fall asleep is one of my favorite times of the day. i'm usually reading, and zack is next to me looking up cute pictures of animals online. that is not a joke, or a thing i say to try to embarrass him. it is the truth.

i'll start to get drowsy, and float between the page and the near temptation to close my eyes. and i am warm and cocooned and happy.