Now, I’m no expert on either Tai Chi or Christianity but that’s never stopped me having an opinion before.;)
So when I read this story about a group of mainly senior citizens being thrown out of a church hall for practicing Tai Chi it made me think. The Pastor of the Church was quite happy to let them use the church hall for two years, believing that it was gentle exercise to help arthritis. So what changed? The name of the group changed from Arthritis Tasmania to the completely subversive Tai Chi Level 2. Now, and I will remind you that I’m no expert, apparently Tai Chi is all about Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Silly me I thought it was about gentle exercise which, surprisingly enough, might help ease arthritis. As Taoism and Zen Buddhism are Eastern, other and apparently completely anathema to the Church, the seniors had to go. Too much meditation and letting go of control and emptying of the mind for the Christians. They would rather you remained uptight. Although I’m not sure how they reconcile prayer, and giving yourself up to faith, and putting yourself in the hands of God with retaining complete control. Maybe they haven’t heard of religious ecstacy? It just seemed a bit OTT to react this way to a group of people indulging in some gentle exercise and meditation. I would have thought that would be good for the soul.