Perhaps you’ve heard about the recent article Al Mohler wrote about whether Christians should have any part or association with yoga. Mohler believes Christians should not practice yoga at all. Apparently his article received quite a bit of negative feedback and this morning I read a response article to Mohler by John Mark Reynolds. Reynolds takes a slightly different approach to the issue than Mohler does. I respect both men and appreciate their insights on various issues. Both of their perspectives on Christianity and yoga are worth taking the time to read.
What I found most interesting and troubling was the type of comments Al Mohler recounts he received from his original article. He did not receive comments from believers calmly and rationally discussing the merits of yoga. Instead, he’s been getting fairly rude emails from those who call themselves Christians!
The issue of whether Christians should participate in yoga is secondary in my mind at this moment. (It is an interesting question and one worth considering.) Regardless of where Christians fall on this issue though, their positions should not be based on emotions or what makes them feel better. If a Christian believes yoga is acceptable, then he should be able to defend his position rationally and from Scripture. Similarly, a Christian who holds that yoga is unbiblical should be able to demonstrate his position from the Bible.
I admit the issue of yoga is not something I have given a great deal of thought too…although I believe I would tend to lean toward Al Mohler’s position. Regardless though, I would encourage all believers not to react with anger and insults to Mohler (or anyone else they disagree with). Take the time to understand your position in light of Scripture and be able to defend your position coherently, and most importantly, biblically.
~ Melinda ~