Monday, April 23, 2007

An "Ah-ha" Moment, or a "Duh" Moment?

Just pulled myself away from a pile of clean laundry and Oprah long enough to get this super-duper new idea out to you that came from Oprah and her guest, Russell Simmons. Hold onto your hats, people; this could rock your world.

Simmons, a great American entrepreneur who began Def Jam records and has his lucrative hands on many ventures has just announced: "To be a leader, you've got to be a servant."

Wow. Wonder where he got that novel idea?

To this, Oprah says to the audience: "Did you hear that? I know; it's an 'AH-HA' moment! 'To be a great leader, you've got to be a servant!'"

Yeah, well, a while back, Someone once said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." (Mark 9:35, but also Mark 10:44, John 13:15, 1 Corinthians 9:19 ... you get the idea.)

These two are just having an ecstatic spirit-fest on that stage like they have excavated universal truths.

Oprah clarified, though, that you've got to be attached to The Source before the law of attraction can work for you, as in The Secret. Mr. Simmons agreed and says that there are as many ways to God as there are people.

Oh my.

This reminds me of my pastor who says, "I'm just glad he made A Way, let alone demanding a thousand ways. Why is it so hard to accept the way?"

15 comments:

naterspotaters johnson said...

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im always depressed to find the 'amazing' and seemingly 'God-like' oprah saying another atheistic, new-age, or otherwise anti-bliblical phrase like you have there. it really bothers me how much my english teacher worships her, yet is lutherin. you can only worship one god, mrs. flemming.

JennaG said...

No offense to you for watching, but that is exactly the kind of stuff that caused me to stop watching her. I did love her fun "give away" type shows though. I never thought I would stop watching her, but I just couldn't stomach her philosophies anymore--and all that politically correct stuff makes me gag. Many ways to God--HA!

Linda said...

I don't watch regularly, but I do occasionally. I think you've gotta keep your pulse on what the world (and mainly for me, teenagers) are into so that you're up to speed.

Susanne said...

Arrgh. Amazing how these guys give an ounce of truth in a lake of poison. Just enough of scripture to dangle before "Christian" north America. I tuned in today too, thinking it would be interesting hearing how people turned hobbies into a business. They turned me off in the first 2 minutes when it was stated that we need to turn to that source inside and we could call it God or whatever we wanted. It just shows me how well we need to know the Word of God these days or else deception can so easily work it's way in.

And you're right in your comment. We do need to sometimes know what's out there in order to be able to give answers to the kids who are getting sucked into all this stuff. I know with youth around here, if you know nothing about a certain topic and still try to speak against it they won't listen citing you don't know anything about so you don't have the right to speak to them about it.

Mike said...

Very inspiring thoughts.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

Barbara H. said...

"I'm just glad he made A Way, let alone demanding a thousand ways. Why is it so hard to accept the way?"

Amen! I knew Oprah spouted "The Source" and the "many ways to God" philosophies, but it sounds like she's doing it more than I thought she did.

What's sad to me is when I see Christian women quoting her as if she is some kind of spiritual authority. Although maybe they quote her in the same sense they'd quote Mark Twain or anyone else -- I don't always quote just Christians. But it seems many people don't recognize that she's more New Age than Christian.

Connie Barris said...

I have been tuning into the new rage... "The Secret"... and I'm glad I have... because many of the counselee's that come in are talking to me about it.. had I not seen it on Oprah, I would not have been able to research and find out more about it...
and say.. big hogwash....to it all.

actually, I lead them to scripture and let them figure it out.

You are right Linda,,, excuse me.. but there is One way.... why? I didn't decide it.. but because Jesus says so..

all I have to say for now anyway, is they better be right... cause it's sure gonna be sad.. if they aren't....

by the way, Linda... thanks for the visit.. finally got my 100's up... like you were just dying for them to be posted.. LOL...
I don't know why,,, just seems like everyone else did it. so I thought I would...

Morning Glory said...

Oprah continually boggles my mind. I think there must be a "Gospel According to Oprah" somewhere out there, and an awful lot of people are being led down the garden path. Her influence is astounding and I wonder if not a bit hazardous.

amanda said...

Oh, I know. Oprah is the epitome of pluralism. The influence for God she COULD have. I enjoyed your thoughts!

April said...

I haver a friend that is absolutely boggled that I don't watch Oprah. I used to watch The View way back when it first came on but I stopped when all The Views were liberal! LOL

Any way I completely agree about trying to stay up to speed with the pulse of the world. In fact I was just blogging about the same kind of thing on my blog.

Enjoy your blog. Thanks for visiting mine.

Mindy said...

Maybe we should all send Oprah an email.......maybe she and Russell are unaware that they are quoting the bible on NATIONAL TV!!! =)

Mindy said...

ANd then I went back and reread and realized that I missed the last part of the post...........UGGHHHH! I cannot believe that they said that!!!! I agree this is why I DO NOT watch Oprah. She is a humanitarian but doesn't seem to be Christian...if she is I'm unaware of it.
I wish more people in the world could get tuned in to the fact that Oprah doesn't equal God.... maybe we should send the all the Casting Crowns song "What if His people prayed" with the lyric "What if the people prayed to Jesus,stopped asking OPRAH what to do" and Dr. Phil too for that matter!
GOOD post!

Julie said...

I don't watch Oprah regularly either, but I do enjoy some of her shows.

I was folding laundry myself while this particular show was on. My 11-year old daughter heard Russell Simmons statement and said, "That's not true! There's only ONE PATH to God, and that's Jesus!"

Now if only the rest of the world had the discernment of an 11 year old who knows the Lord.

Good post, Linda!

Gretchen said...

Great post!

It's hard to accept, probably, because it's the most simple of answers. Simple, but not easy. Not even do-able, actually, which is why He graced us with a Savior.

I love many of Oprah's shows, but as with everything, we must pray for wisdom and discernment. She is popular, so in a way, she represents an opportunity for us to evangelize among our friends who aren't believers in Christ. Again--simple, but never easy.

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