Christians all over the world must be asking themselves "What would Jesus do?" about taking part in the ancient tradition of yoga.
That's in light of a recent commentary on the inherent conflict between the practice of yoga and the practice of Christianity that's been making news since its publication on line last month. Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler wrote an essay in which he urged Christians to reconsider practicing yoga, a discipline he views as a spiritual endeavor -- and one that conflicts with Christian teachings.
It's an age-old debate: Must all who do yoga embrace its spiritual teachings, or can you justify taking advantage of its physical, mental and emotional benefits and pleasures while setting aside its more mystical side?
I am no theologian, nor am I a Christian, so maybe I'm not entitled to an opinion. But I have one, anyway. As a yoga devotee, I believe that any tool we have to make the world a more peaceful place, to help people learn to be kinder to themselves and to others and to help us keep our minds and bodies healthy has got to be worth taking advantage of, no matter what our personal religion may be.
But that's just me. What are your thoughts? Is the practice of yoga incompatible with the Christian faith? Or can the two co-exist in harmony, without hypocrisy?
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