Recently, my wife shared this article with me, and it struck home for me, especially as I have been working my way through many thoughts regarding the Law of Attraction, the Prosperity Gospel and a lot of other different viewpoints on the world and religion.
Within this article, the author, Barrett Johnson, quotes an interview with Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer. In the interview, Vischer states that, when he looks back on his time with Veggie Tales, he realizes he was teaching the kids how to live the Christian life without actually teaching them about Christianity.
Not only that, but he says that a lot of what was taught in Veggie Tales, and even across the church in America, has become, “a cocktail that’s a mix of the Protestant work ethic, the American dream, and the gospel. And we’ve intertwined them so completely that we can’t tell them apart anymore. Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true.”
We have, in essence, “the Oprah god”.
What’s unfortunate is that the Oprah god is not a new concept.
The Apostle Paul warned about this type of belief when he wrote to Timothy, stating that some, “craving money, have wandered from the true faith and have pierced themselves with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
These people had taken the Gospel of Jesus Christ and attempted to use it as a means of gaining wealth, prosperity and notoriety in this world.
It’s the idea that the more good we do, the more money we give, the more we read our Bibles, and the more we serve, then God will bless us with more.
I’m not saying that God doesn’t want to bless His children. But we shouldn’t be serving Him with the ulterior motive of getting what we want out of God. That’s not the way God works.