Saturday, September 28, 2013

Church Leaders and Reality TV: For the Love of GOD, Just Say No

So, remember when I wrote this little ditty about the latest hot mess reality show, Preachers of L.A.? Well, despite my best efforts, the show is still happening and I have a sad. Like a big sad. Rahiel Tesfamariam, columnist for The Washington Post, shares my sadness and concern and wrote a great piece about why reality TV and pastors don't mix. I encourage you to read it.  Here's a snippet:

"Like so many reality TV shows before them, these programs focus on black opulence. Often, they make a mockery of black wealth, portraying affluent African Americans as irresponsible, reckless financial stewards. These stereotypes are magnified by highlighting prosperity ministries versus churches rooted in a social gospel focused on the poor."

It's all fun and games until people look at these shows and assume that all churches and pastors are like the ones they see on TV. Organized religion already gets the side-eye from a lot of people, and I believe this show, and others like it (the pic on the left is from a new Bravo show called "Thicker Than Water"), will only push people further away from the church. Uh, that's not how it's supposed to work, but don't tell that to church leaders blinded by reality stardom and dollar signs. They aren't listening anyway. See why I have a sad? 

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