Throwback Thursday ~ The Mailbag: Should Christians do yoga?

When you have to ask the question…….

Michelle Lesley

Originally published April 18, 2016

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Should Christians do yoga? What about Holy Yoga or other “Christianized” forms of yoga?

Before I give my answer to this question, I’d like to ask a couple of questions.

Have you ever heard anyone ask the question, “Should Christians do aerobics/zumba/spinning?”

Ever heard of Holy Weight Lifting, Christian Calisthenics, Redeemed Running or another “Christianized” version of a particular form of exercise?

There’s a reason for that.

If you’ve ever participated in youth or Christian school activities with a dress code, a rule of thumb that’s frequently used to help kids determine whether a particular outfit is too short, too low-cut, etc., is, “If you have to ask, it’s probably not appropriate.”

I think the same thing could be said about yoga.

The reason the question “Should Christians do yoga?” is even being asked is because there’s doubt in the minds of the Christians asking…

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Context is King

In today’s world of everyone has “their own truth”, it is important for us not to adopt this into our bible knowledge. God, in bringing his Word forth through human writers had ONE meaning. Here is an article that discusses one such mistake people often have when interpreting this one passage of Scripture:

God Will Give You The Desires Of Your Heart

Walk The Walk He Tells You

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As I am sitting here in my home, a day that I will most likely remain alone, I must be strive to be like Jesus. It is so easy to just “let your hair down” and let your flesh take over. After all, who is watching? The dog? He doesn’t care.  But no matter where we are or who we are with, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we should be walking in the service He calls us to, in the way He wants us to live. We need to always be spending time with Him, asking Him in what areas of our lives we may need to repent. I have a daily need to embrace what 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

and know that the Word of God is meant, not just for us to feel good about being believers. No, not at all! It is for our training, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.  Let us seek Him and His righteousness and not get so busy with our tasks serving that we forget that although we may be in the world, we are not of the world. We will not look like the world, we are not supposed to. We need to be an example for others  and show ourselves approved to God.

New Way of Studying Inductively

Today, I was listening to a book titled “Grasping God’s Word” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. It provides a new perspective for me with regard to interpreting God’s Word. It uses the normal Observation, Interpretation, Application skeleton, but fleshes it out in a whole new way. A great read. I am by no means finished with it and may not in the end find it useful, but so far, I love the concept and different approach.

Grasping God’s Word

Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays @ cbd.com

My Heart for God

This begins a new adventure for me. I have always been more of a pen and paper kind of girl, sharing my thoughts and dreams in journals, lots and lots of journals. But as my heart is molded and changed by God, so have my thoughts and dreams evolved. I probably won’t write like any other “blogger”, I have no experience with it, in full disclosure, but I feel it is something God is calling me to do…..so I do.