I listened last night to a recent installment of Al Mohler's radio program titled, "The Church of Oprah Winfrey—A New American Religion?" I listened with interest to his analysis what another author calls the gospel according to Oprah. What really perked my ears was his quotation from Winfrey's pastor, Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. (Wright says Winfrey has not attended in some time, but she retains her membership there.)
Mohler quotes from a Christianity Today article that quotes a column written by Wright in another publication. Wright says, "A lot of us do not even like the word faith anymore," he wrote. "We prefer the more chic-sounding word, spirituality! We are caught up in an Oprah-generated mentality and a 12-step vocabulary that prevents us from using the very words and the very bridge that 'brought us over!' "