The Gospel according to Oprah?
Forbes magazine called her the most powerful celebrity in the world last year. She's also known as a perennially popular talk show host, an Academy award-nominated actress and the first black woman billionaire. Her influence is global. "The core messages of her gospel are clear and constant," Marcia Z Nelson writes. "Be thankful. Give and you shall receive. Think about things a little differently. Listen to your inner voice. Know yourself. You can change." Though Oprah is rarely explicitly religious on her television show or magazine, Nelson points out that there are several major Christian themes that weave through these aspects of her life and work: confession, redemption, healing, mission, forgiveness, and salvation. Nelson concludes that Oprah is a "compelling spiritual teacher in a spiritually eclectic and ever-practical America." Read about it here and here. I don't deny that Oprah is a good person. But she is a new ager. She lives with a man that is not her husband. I'm amazed at how many Christians watch her and thing she is "Mother Teresa." Does she point people to Christ? I don't think so. She is a wonderful person but there will be a lot of wonderful people who will miss out on heaven because they don't have a relationship with Jesus. She is good, but how good is good enough? Andy Stanley talks about that here. I'm impressed by what Oprah does for others. But if we don't accept Jesus we will never be good enough.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 5/20/2006 11:18:00 AM