Is yoga viewed by the church as worse than homosexuality?
The question arose on a day where I learnt that a local community group was beset with the problem of destruction of their advertising signs. I'm quite sensitive to their issue as I've personally witnessed, as first responder, the results of vandalism of a church's signboard. No-one should hold destruction or vandalism of property as acceptable.
I had no answer to the question when a thought struck me:
By allowing a play to be presented in its hall a church is tacitly
communicating its position towards the play's subject matter.
Having drawn a contrast between yoga and homosexuality, I turned to the paper: ''Yoga and other such activities" (A report from the Anglican Diocese of Sydney Social Issues Committee of 20 July 2015, Karin Sowada, Chair)" to seek the core proposition as to the paper's conclusion; that church halls should not be leased for yoga practices.
Not surprisingly, the paper's core proposition is found within Scripture. Here is the essential reasoning:
"For the sake of the conscience of the other, however, a Christian person or a Christian organisation may wisely choose to forgo the practice of yoga. This takes careful discernment of the kind that Paul encourages us to pursue in 1 Corinthians 8-10, and of which this paper is hopefully a model."
Paul, the author of the letter to Corinthians is considering a sticky matter of food. More specifically, Paul is focused upon meat. It was common for meat that was sold to be sacrificed to a pagan god. Because the food is sacrificed to a pagan god, Paul argues it has not been tainted at all - a pagan god being nothing in the eyes of a believer in the one true God. Nonetheless, Paul is concerned that someone who is of weak conscience may be irrationally focussed on the characteristic attributed upon the meat. The one who finds it acceptable to eat the meat, should not act detrimentally to the one who is of weak conscience. Paul's argument, in part, is: