Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. ~~Ephesians 5:11 (ESV)If you want to know the truth, writing about yoga exhausts me physically and emotionally, mostly because I sense the importance of documenting my findings. Yesterday, I experienced some bizarre computer glitches as I tried to cut-and-paste the quote from The Guardian article--it took at least 20 minutes. Spiritual warfare? I really wouldn't be surprised.
Three or four years ago, I had a nice folder on yoga in my Firefox bookmarks. This morning I realized that, when I got a new computer two years ago, that folder went bye-bye. Consequently, I'll need to look for the articles all over again. I can find them, rest assured, but doing so means a few hours of work that I hadn't anticipated.
Then there's a comment from a friend that, instead of looking for a devil in every corner, I should concentrate on God's goodness. In part, she has a point. Certainly, I desire to glorify Him through my writing, and an over-emphasis on the problems plaguing the 21st Century church could distract people from Him. Having recognized that potential distraction, however, I don't want to commit the opposite error of ignoring false teaching that will lull people into a different gospel. How could keeping quiet when I see professing brothers and sisters in Christ contaminate the Gospel with Hinduism possibly reflect His goodness?
I can find many "reasons" to avoid writing about yoga (or Beth Moore) (or Gay Christians) (or any of the other aberrations I see the evangelical culture embracing). But the Lord has given me a passion for His purity, and that passion demands that I stand for truth by refuting error. Yes, I pray that He will help me glorify Him as I tackle the subject of yoga by demonstrating how He alone is truth. But I also pray for courage and stamina to say what needs saying, even when people dislike it.