This week, after a 25 year run, The Oprah Winfrey Show has finally come to an end. CNN and other news networks wrote a glowing review of the positive contribution Oprah has made towards society. Personal testimonies abounded of the difference Oprah made in their lives, and the inspiration she brought to them during troubled times. Women everywhere cried.
I breathed a sigh of relief.
Why? Because there is an untold story that many homes know all to well– but is never reported on. It is the story that countless men could attest to. It is the story of a man who, after working hard all day at the office, comes home to a wife whose mind and spirit has been poisoned by Oprah. His wife now wonders what her husband has really being “doing” all day at the office. Her children wonder at the new “philosophy” and “spirituality” mommy now embraces– it’s definitely not what they learned about in Sunday school. And women everywhere are now empowered by a foolish and silly spirit that has taught them to love the superficial, and to not really care about that which is true.
What has been especially alarming is how much Oprah has been embraced and celebrated by born-again, Spirit-filled, Evangelical Christian women. Oprah has become something of a prophet to them. So much so that one sister in the Lord I know, when Oprah “gave God the glory” on her final broadcast, couldn’t help but stand on the roof-tops of Facebook, and proclaim on multiple pages how excited she was that this had happened. You would have thought a religious revival had occurred, or that maybe Jesus had returned on May 21st after all. Is it no wonder that Casting Crowns has had to sing, “What if the family turned to Jesus, instead of asking Oprah what to do?”
Honestly, the only way Oprah could have given God the glory on her final TV show was if she would’ve renounced the 25 years of pollution she has littered the air-waves with. Oprah, the false prophet she is, has consistently promoted ideals and values that have regularly been exalted against the true knowledge of God. These things have destroyed homes, led others into sin, and has caused the image of God in creation to be further corrupted. And she did all of this in the name of making a buck off the souls of countless millions who loved to tune in day after day, week after week, and year after year. Those who have loved her– even among God’s people –may not realize it, but they have loved Oprah and have enjoyed having their ears tickled by her, because ultimately, they have not loved God as they ought. You cannot love Oprah and Jesus at the same time.
This is the untold story of Oprah Winfrey. CNN may have not picked it up. But somebody who has lived a little bit of life and spent some time talking to Jesus has.