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Christians and Reality Tv.

June 6, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) I came across an article in The Christian Post that talked about a new reality TV show coming out soon: “Preachers of L.A.” Apparently (via a press release from Oxygen), the new show is supposed to:

“…give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.”

The cast? Well, let’s see, there is Bishop Clarence McClendon, senior pastor of Full Harvest International Church; Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church ofpastors-la Long Beach; Bishop Ron M. Gibson of Life Church of God In Christ; Jay Haizlip, lead pastor at the Sanctuary Church; and the “two big ones” Bishop Noel Jones and Deitrick Haddon.

Besides the fact that this new trend of ‘religious reality tv’ irks me to the core, I was completely taken back by this particular “purpose” of the show: to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.

Provocative? Let’s see what our good friend Merriam Webster has to say about this.

Provocative: serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate. Another definition I found was “arousing sexual desire or interest, especially deliberately.”

Hmm, this is interesting. I say this because this “provocative” aspect of the show is exactly what I find so disheartening not only with this new addition, but with the many others out there as well.

I do not watch “regular” reality tv shows because they are ridiculous. Reality TV is simply a bunch of drama—name calling, back stabbing, table throwing, acting-like-we-are-our-children’s ages, worthless television. The images shows like this housewives and that basketball wives and wish-I-really-were-a-wife display are not images to be proud of….at all.

And although I’m not judging any of these so-called religious reality shows (as I’ve not watched any anyway), my point is this: Reality shows are successful because they’re centered around conflict and drama. Take away the drama and you take away the show.

Many supporters of gospel reality tv try to highlight the seemingly good of the show, just like that Oxygen press release did. These shows show the “real lives” of gospel artists; no one is perfect. Religious reality tv brings God into this arena, demonstrating you can have a reality show that’s different than the norm.

How’d the press release put it? The show is following six different pastors “who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners.”

Like the supporting comments, that sounds good until the “real deal” is exposed, i.e. provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.

Okay, we’re going to follow around some high-profile pastors and musicians, highlight their good deeds. But what’s making this a reality show? Their provocative lives….drama.

I know pastors, the church and everyone (for that matter) are not perfect, and no one is saying they should “hide” their shortcomings and act all “high n’ mighty.” But, no one is saying they need to put them on display either.

Christians need to be cautious about how we present ourselves because the bible tells us we are not to look like the world.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life: That certainly sums up what attracts viewers to many of today’s reality TV. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ trying to do your best to please Him and live your life accordingly, why would you want to be associated with something that you know is deemed valuable, attractive and appealing because it proudly displays lust, pride, greed, drama, materialism, etc.?

Christians are not keeping up with the joneses; we don’t have to do everything the world does and then justify it by saying “oh we brought God in it” or “we’re doing this for Jesus.” Providing an alternative music genre to praise and honor God through worship, sure. Putting the lives of “saints” on display and having them be in an environment that can potentially breed actions Jesus is against? Not so much. Remember, 1 Cor. 10:23 says, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive (NIV).”

God wants his children to be able to enjoy life as a Christian and to certainly have alternatives to worldly practices. But, I’m sure he knows Christians will be okay if they miss a daily dosage of “good” reality TV.

We’re living in a lukewarm church society, folks. A lot of people have one hand on the bible and the other swaying in the air at the club. It’s no wonder so many laugh at Christians and refuse to believe the Gospel; look at Christ’s “supposed” followers. We are to be an example of Jesus Christ and reflect Him and His message in everything we do. If Christ turned on one of these religious reality shows, would He say, “Well done my good and faithful servants”? And would he utter the same praise, only this time if you or I were the person holding the remote?

Staff Writer; Shala Marks

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9 Responses to “Christians and Reality Tv.”
  1. Ulo says:

    Christanity has become entertainment and a joke today. I don’t respect a person whose says they are “christian” like I use to. Matter of fact a get suspicious.

  2. Monica Johnson says:

    It’s so ironic because I believe all of this “reality” tv is not reality at all. Yes, they will follow people around with the cameras and supposedly film every life moment but you can best believe that some, if not most, is scripted and they will edit according to viewer’s choice. I agree with the editor, that some things should be left private. Pastor’s are already on the daily criticism platform, I can’t understand why they would make themselves and their families even more vulnerably exposed. Is it really to give God the glory or take the glory away and put it on them? We have had enough issues occur in our society to know that pastor’s are not perfect; the last I checked, ALL have come short of God’s glory at one point and no one is perfect. If it’s really set out to be a “reality” show, full of sincerity and really show the life of a particular person, then why put a price tag on it? Why isn’t a real documentary? I’m not just referring to the pastors’ reality show; but all of the reality shows. Have we lost any hope of holding on to morals that cannot be purchased for the right price?

  3. ulo media says:

    All organized religion have become a joke. Saying you are Christian doesn’t mean anything. Mega black churches pimp their members Way more than the street pimp. It’s about the Money and Nothing else Period.

  4. ROBERT says:

    IT seems we are seeing the last day’s of the black church as a legitimate institution for change in our community.THANKS to the behavior of the black CHRISTIAN’S over the last 50 years it simply does’nt have any meaning when anyone say’s they are a CHRISTIAN…WHEN black preacher’s show up in reality tv it is a natural progression of the downward slide the black church has been on for 50 year’s.BLACK CHRISTIAN’S have allowed themselve’s to be infiltrated and destroyed by black MASON’S who are really ruthless businessmen.THIS is why the black church operate’s more like a whorehouse than a religious institution.THEY have sold the church ; and the new owner’s bought it to destroy it.THE realty show will only be used to degrade and humiliate black CHRISTIAN’S even further.MY advise to black CHRISTIAN’S is #1 stop watching tv;and second retreat from the church as a intitution; return to your living room’s for congragation.THE black church is already dead you cannot save her.

  5. Nehemiah P. says:

    I agree with you.

    I also think the church is being soft. We defend the pastors doing wrong and scream at the world that they’re going to hell. I don’t know how they can have this show and be successful without drama. I don’t think it will reflect positively on the church at all.

    I also feel that I’m getting to the point where I don’t care. I don’t care what these dudes are doing. If I’m reflecting the messiah the way I should be and he is too, then we are kin. If I’m reflecting the messiah the way I should be and he is not, I should not be confused with him because the fruit we bear are different. A lot of time is wasted complaining about what the stars are doing instead of concerning ourselves with what we are doing.

  6. Papacool says:

    What will a man do to save his soul? Answer is SELL OUT. We have gone through enough suffering without having to watch the clergy. If what I have seen by watching Preacher’s Daughters has not been bad enough, it seems that the networks are trying to just kill us off by offering us some more main scale bs. I for one am not interested in what people do in their private lives. If the show was one displaying actual exorcisms, preaching against homosexuality, raising people from the dead, healing extreme sickness, or even displaying the preachers taking money from their own pockets to see to the needs of those in dire straits, then I am in. But to seek some sort of entertainment by seeing what they do behind the scenes is of no interest to me. First of all they are human being, subject to sin on a higher scale than the average person due to the fact that they proclaim to be God’s servants. If I look back on some of my own personal exploits in an honest fashion, I have done bad enough on my own without needing to be judgmental of someone else. Many preachers are finding themselves being investigated, some have been exposed for wrongdoing, many have served to fleece the neediest of people out of their last penny and have not lifted one finger to help end poverty. I have seen several of them boast about having more than they needed, but I have yet to see any type of action of the end of giving back in a way to honor God and not themselves. As far as critical thinking is concerned, just what is to be gained by this concept. Impress me by going to the Vatican and seeing how the Pope is really leading the charge against homosexuality and the sins of the priesthood. I just saw a story of a priest from Bastrop Texas being found in a hotel room in San Antonio with alcohol, condoms, and other unmentionables, who was drugged up and could not recall how he got there. Wow, what leadership. While I believe that perfection is a quest we should all seek, I know that starting with me that no one is perfect as we have all fallen short. But the failure is not that we fell short, but if we do not attempt to better ourselves then we get just what we deserve. This new concept of having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof is not my cup of tea. I do not fault any man of the cloth that is doing well by his/her congregation, but I will not condone anyone that uses god given talent to rip people off while pretending to have their best spiritual interests at heart. I am in it to make a difference in a positive manner by giving a hand up and not aahand out. To the preachers who decide to go Hollywood, please remember the reason you chose the gospel in the first place and do not let either the lights or the money fool you. Peace be with you, Papacool.


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