I’ve always loved to read. Even before I was a teenager, I used to like to hop on a bus into downtown Rochester N.Y. and stop at all the bookstores and news/magazine stores. There were a quite a few of them. Well things have changed quite a bit since the 1960s. There are no longer any bookstores downtown, in fact there’s hardly anything downtown except for some government buildings, lawyers’ offices, and many, many empty buildings. There aren’t any bookstores in the suburbs either except for a couple of Barnes and Nobles. With all the information on the internet and Amazon corralling the remaining hardcopy readers, bookstores and magazine racks are almost a thing of the past.
I still like to peruse the small magazine rack at our local supermarket. Yesterday, I saw a special edition from Newsweek titled “Spirituality Now.” Curious, I picked it up and leafed through it quickly just to see how Newsweek defines “spirituality.” Well, the entire magazine was about Eastern religions and New Age mysticism. A few of the names I recognized were Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Ram Dass; the usual suspects. Was there any mention of Christianity in this “Spirituality Now” special edition? No, not a mention. Eastern religions and New Age mysticism are seen as “hip” and “cutting edge.” Christianity? It’s viewed by many as “yesterday’s news” but how wrong they are.
Most Americans are chasing after some kind of meaning to their life but won’t consider Jesus Christ. They surely won’t find any fulfillment in the words of Chopra, Tolle, or Dass.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
“For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” – Acts 17:23