Oprah Finds Immortality In Injecting Hormones Vaginally?   1 comment

In a recent Newsweek cover story, the author takes a critical look at Oprah Winfrey in an article entitled “Live Your Best Life Ever!” Although I haven’t read the whole thing, I have read significant portions that speak of Winfrey’s endorsement of Suzanne Somers medical treatments. Somers, 62 years old, takes hormones to restore her hormone levels to back when they were 30. She rubs estrogen on her left arm and progesterone of her right arm twice a month; she daily injects estrogen into her vagina; she takes 60 vitamins daily; and she injects herself with human growth hormones and vitamin B12. When she drinks wine, she rejuvenates her liver with an intravenous drip of vitamin C. When she is exposed to cigarette smoke, she cleanses her blood with chelation therapy. Her goal in all of this? “I want to be there until I’m 110,” says Somers. “And I’m going to do what I have to do to get there.” And the great thing about all of this? Oprah does it, too. And she recommends to her readers to buy Somers’ book on the topic. And whatever Oprah touches or endorses–it all turns to gold.

And this is exactly what troubles me with Oprah. It’s not the fact that she’s the richest and most powerful woman in the world. It’s the fact that she, like Somers, is so worried about life that they’ve taken such measures to give themselves a false sense of security. Inject estrogen vaginally, and you’ll live 20+ more years. Life doesn’t work like that, even when you have all the money and all the power in the world.  Because, even if Somers’ treatments were medically supported (which they are absolutely not), there is one wrinkle (oops, they wouldn’t like that word) to their plan–they’re not God.

Despite what people may think, Somers and Oprah did not come upon something new and innovative here. Sure, no one has ever done the hormone creams and the injections and the vitamins… but they’ve all done the I’m-getting-old-and-feel-less-attractive-so-I-want-to-do-whatever-wacky-thing-I-can-to-try-to-stay-young-forever thing since the beginning of mankind. And here’s what God, as Jesus Christ, says about it all: “Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?” (Luke 12:25-26). People are worried about staying young and about living for as long as possible–age 110, according to Somers. But what God tells Somers is that all of her efforts and all of her money and all of her vitamins have left her with an expiration date that is exactly the same as before she started taking the treatments.  God says that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7). This means that God knows every little thing about us because He created us in love, but also that God knows every little thing about our live, including when our life will end.

And for those of you questioning the sovereignty of God, yes your lifespan will be the same whether you’re a Somers-follower or a binge-eating, narcotics-injecting, alcohol abusing wreck. If God meant for you to do at the age of 40 on June 10, you will die at the age of 40 on June 10, regardless. (And, no, I’m not saying that you should do all of those things because God still commands that we are faithful with taking care of our bodies–but there’s a big difference between being responsible with your body and worshipping your body. I’m not sure where the line is, but I’m pretty sure vaginal injections and vitamin C drips to rejuvenate the liver are crossing the line.)

Therefore, for those of you who are worried about how long you’ll live–don’t. Your days have already been numbered. You shouldn’t worry about how long you can keep your body going, but should rather worry about where your soul will be spending eternity. Jesus said, “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell: yes, I tell you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5). Fear God because, not only is He in control of your body and it’s expiration, but He is in control of your eternal soul. Fear God because He will punish sin (and we are all guilty of sin in our lives because we have all broken God’s Laws) for all of eternity. Death is not the punishment, but merely the beginning of punishment. But God showed His rich mercy on all of us that, despite our sins, we can find forgiveness and eternal life through faith that Jesus Christ alone can take away our sins and grant us eternity with God.

Somers has a fear of dying and wants to be in control of it. Oprah endorses it because she, too, has that fear. But we cannot quench the fear by figuring out how to hold death at bay. Whether you live until you’re 30 or until you’re 110, the fear is not in dying, but in what death brings you to. Death can bring you to an eternity of torment or an eternity of bliss. Bliss and everlasting joy does not require you to rub cream, inject hormones, do humanitarian works for others, or to pray a prayer. Rather, eternal life comes through faith in Jesus Christ. It’s as simple as that. And it comes with a better seal than anything you can find in Oprah’s Book Club. God makes a promise that anyone who bears the name of Jesus Christ will be saved from eternal hell and will, instead, gain eternal joy with God Himself. The title of the Newsweek article is “Life Your Best Life Ever!” It doesn’t start over the drug counter, but starts with you coming to God on your knees. Somers’ money and Oprah’s fame can’t get that for you. They don’t have the answer–they don’t even have the correct question.

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Posted June 6, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

One response to “Oprah Finds Immortality In Injecting Hormones Vaginally?

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  1. i bet they’re actually doing this because deep deep inside they know they’re going to have to face God on judgment day for their actions (Romans 1) and they are just trying to delay that day as much as possible…

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