Subtle reason number 358 why I’m not a believer: pastors who oppose Yoga.
In this blog post, Baptist pastor Dr. Albert Mohler says that Yoga is oppositional to Christianity. Well, sure it is. During yoga, you find your inner god through meditation, stretching and muscle-building practices. You bow to other participants and say “namaste” or the holiness in me bows to the holiness in you. But even Christian women who practice only the exercises without the meditative parts, that too is wrong, according to Dr. Mohler.
Mohler explains that Yoga is accepted even at evil Obama’s White House, which should put any red-blooded conservative American into a state of near panic.
I was raised in a household that was opposed to innocuous exercises like Yoga. Of course I was raised in a home that actively and vocally opposed Mormonism, but that doesn’t stop the sound of Glenn Beck from echoing through my parents’ home every time it’s on.
My wife Tina does Yoga. She loves it. I love that she loves it. I’ve been known to do a Downward Dog or two. Yoga is a relaxing, yet a surprisingly intense, workout.
Long before I did yoga, I figured out that all prayer means is that the person praying is speaking to their inner “god”. Prayer is mediation to self. God isn’t in the mind; god is the mind, and “god” is different for every person. That’s why if you and your Christian friend prays about the same thing you do, you’ll both have different “answers from god.”
Essentially, Dr. Mohler doesn’t want people to figure out that Christian prayer and Yoga mediation are pretty much the same thing, finding one’s inner “god”.
According to Dr. Mohler, Yoga is oppositional to god, and he wants his followers not to question that. That’s why there is no area for comments on his blog. Christianity is fear based and one-directional messaging. Responding takes thought, and thought is not welcome in Christianity. It’s a common theme, and I consider it among the top ten reasons I’m not a believer.
So yeah, Mohler hates yoga, but adores other forms of exercise and sports that make god out to be some petty, idiotic side-taker. Dr. Mohler loves those sports. You can tell, because he doesn’t say a damned negative word about those other god-loving forms of exercise.
You’ve heard the argument a thousand times. Athletes hit a home run, score a touchdown, sink the winning bucket in a basketball game … and the star player says, “Thank god. God deserves all the glory.” Then the player flexes his muscle and slaps another player on the ass while taking a homoerotic shower together.
The next time those two teams get together, the other team wins. Should he exist, god doesn’t care about sports. If you think that, you’re a complete buffoon.
Or take other exercise methods. Someone wins a foot race, thanks god, and rests comfortably in his perfectly muscular body. But who’s thanking god to be the loser? Who’s thanking god to be the kid in the wheelchair who just got back from peeing in a cup through a tube before dumping it in the toilet?
Yeah, if you look at the pretty flashing images on TV, where even I practice the age-old tradition of only showing the prettiest faces, of only showing the best looking shots, it looks like god is a great being if you’re inclined to have a “biblical world view.”
Generally speaking, TV production (mainstream visual media in general) practices a sort of visual genocide. Producers show mostly the good, the attractive, the winning-est footage. Producers make evil out to be ugly and greatness out to be attractive. If they show the ugly, they stick viewers face in it like they’re all dogs who just took a dump on the floor and their too idiotic to know that it’s not how you train a puppy. And if the person they show isn’t perfectly attractive, they can use methods of makeup, graphics and set design to doctor up a turd.
Let’s call it what it is. It’s a forced perspective. It’s mentally raping our ideas of the world into a particular aspect ratio. Let’s call it the Hitler Method of Artificial Selection in TV production, shall we. Or maybe we can call it the Sudanese Pretty People Selection Technique. Let’s only show the images the “they” want in their little 28 to 55 mm frame of space how beautiful some people can be.
By force, culture marginalizes “evils” like obesity, ugly faces, ugly activities, while making it entertaining and cheap. TV culture brings an elitist 1% of the population to the forefront. We all know they are overpaid, underworked, megalomaniacal douchebags, and yet they repeat with glee, “Be happy, all you regular schmoes, whilst you’re wading through the mire that is an average lifestyle. You wouldn’t like it up here in first class. Don’t steal or we won’t get our big fat paychecks. Thanks!” As they skip off into the golden sunset.
Hey, that’s not a sunset. That’s a spotlight reflecting off (enter some major league or football hero name)’s pile of gold.
- Albert Mohler: Southern Baptist Leader Says Christians Should Avoid Yoga (blippitt.com)
- Southern Baptist Seminary Albert Mohler: Yoga Not Christian (nowpublic.com)
- Religious Right Leader Says Yoga Is a Sin Against Christianity (gayrights.change.org)
- Southern Baptist leader nixes yoga for Christians (msnbc.msn.com)