SARAH AND OPRAH
THE SPIRITUAL AND MORAL CONTRAST
By Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
Oprah Winfrey has said she will have Sarah Palin on her show after the election. I doubt that Sarah will appear on Oprah’s show then or at any other time. I don’t think Oprah is going to follow through, either. They both understand what the other represents. The spiritual contrast between them is too stark, starker than that between the sun at high noon and midnight in a dismal swamp. Sarah worships the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Oprah worships herself.
As we examine the striking exhibition of spiritual and moral unlikeness between these two women, we’ll see with crystal clarity exactly what is at stake in this election. Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, is John McCain’s running-mate. Oprah Winfrey has been called “the richest and most influential woman in the world.” Given all her support and enthusiastically reciprocated praise for Obama, Oprah may as well be his real running-mate. Michelle Obama has called Oprah an “incredible force.” Is she a force for good or a force for evil? The contrast between Oprah’s worldview and Sarah Palin’s will tell us, and by extension, we’ll find out where Barack Obama really stands.
SARAH believes that the Scriptures (Genesis to Revelation), in the original Hebrew and Greek, are the inspired, infallible words of the Creator and that these words speak the truth to our minds, and to the eyes of our heart.
OPRAH believes that divine revelation comes through the words of her New Age guru, Eckhart Tolle, whose exclusive, esoteric, “infallible” interpretation of all spiritual traditions she avidly embraces. Oprah insists that Tolle’s words supersede the words of Christ and all of Scripture. Oprah sees herself as an “awakened” and “evolved” human being who partakes fully in the supreme “it” behind all things, “universal intelligence.” Being plugged in to this “universal intelligence” generates for Oprah “awareness,” “presence,” and “flowering consciousness,” all disguised terms for self-adoration.