Avon Beautiful's Blog

May 10, 2014

The Additives of Oprah’s Tea


When is a cup of tea not just a cup of tea? When Oprah Winfrey, Starbuck and Teavana join together to present it to you. Now, I like my tea with lemon, with honey, sometimes with lemon, honey, a cinnamon stick and a cough drop when I’m under the weather, but I don’t want my tea with philosophy, politics, and mysticism.

Mysticism is there in droves as you enter any Teavana.  You are bombarded with little Buddha statues throughout the store, which quite honestly, is enough for me not to enter. Add this to Winfrey’s anything goes spiritualism, which the legendary talk show host  religiously crams down your throat in her very successful business of  telling you how to “live your best life.” Tea is not just going to be tea with Winfrey. Tea is an opening into your into your mind, body, and soul.

Sure enough, I watched the new Starbucks commercial with Winfrey doing the voice-over for the Mother’s Day promotion of the Oprah Chai tea line from Teavana. It seems harmless. Why wouldn’t it be? That’s the beloved and trusted media mogul’s M.O.  She’s your “way more enlightened” best friend so why not just drink the Kool-Aid? I mean tea. Take the time to look deeper and Oprah is touting the appreciation of moms. We can all agree with that, but then the oh so subtle celebration of having two moms is slipped into script. Well, if our way more enlightened friend Oprah is in favor of it, then why not? Right? Here we go! She’s already trying to sell you. “Give her a little tolerance with her tea!”

I know, it sounds like a conspiracy theory. Of course there will be those who will say, “Just let Oprah be.  She’s just trying to make the world a better place for the little African girls at her school and sell some tea.” The proceeds do go to the school and it’s wonderful that these young girls are getting an awesome opportunity.  Nonetheless, their education will reflect Winfrey’s philosophies and that is a double-edged sword.

It’s time for Christian consumers to wake up and realize that advertisers, big business and broadcasters have an agenda. Can you really watch television these days and not see how there is a war going on and it’s all about swaying your convictions? Go on the Teavana website and see how they are promoting Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sundays” on the OWN network and a new “Steep Your Soul Series.” Steep it with what?!! Oprah-isms!

Unfortunately, many people just follow whatever Oprah trots out as golden—whether it’s Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson or Bishop T.D. Jakes—it doesn’t matter as long as it’s “spiritual.” If you are professing Christianity these mixtures of philosophies do not mix with Jesus. There’s only one way to heaven, no matter what you have been told by Oprah or anybody else.

In Galatians 1:8, the Apostle Paul is addressing the fact that some false teachers were trying to lead new Christian converts astray from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he said this: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  In an earlier verse, he says this: “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel…”(Galatians 1:6)

A divided mind makes for confusion and though she’s a billionaire, Oprah Winfrey is a confused billionaire. I will keep on drinking my African Autumn tea by Harney & Sons. It doesn’t have as many additives.