Monday, 29 January 2018
Well it's cold this morning but I felt a little 'hot' this week as I discussed the relevance of Oprah Winfrey in the Spiritual Conversation Groups. After Oprah's inspiring speech at the Golden Globes it caused me to wonder if she was on the side of God's justice. At that point I assumed her spirituality was secular in nature, although upon investigation, I discovered that she was raised, and still considers herself, a Christian. Conversation within the groups varied with some appreciating Oprah, some viewing her with skepticism, and others bringing a feminist/political critique to her persona. I was curious as to how to view a "secular priestess" (which seems to be her cultural persona) in light of my strong Christian roots. I was led to explore a small piece of scripture in which Jesus states, "Those who are not against us, are for us." My own conclusion is that Oprah is both a media cult figure with a ridiculous financial worth and someone interested in the well-being of others. I believe Jesus statement applies, "If she is not against us, she is probably for us" in so much as she challenges sexual exploitation and promotes self-affirming messages. I hope that some of you might share your views, both on Oprah and also on how your Christian life is influenced by Jesus' statement quoted above. It would be great to have a lively blog discussion this week. Will you join in?