Hey everyone!!! As a fan of all forms of reality television, when gospel artists, preachers, and Christians began to show up on my television screens, I originally was ecstatic at the opportunity to see these people in their everyday lives but that excitement has seemed to fade away because of the negative portrayal some of these people have displayed. While watching a Christian based reality show two Friday’s ago, I could not help but wonder if the church as a whole was being helped or harmed by this influx of reality shows geared towards Christians and members of the church. Let me first place this disclaimer out, I do not feel that all reality shows featuring gospel artists, preachers and Christians are negative or bad, but I must say that I have been a little disappointed in the images a lot of these people have allowed producers to display. In today’s reality show craze, it is very difficult to notice the difference between a Christian reality show and a secular one and that is a problem. The same amount of negativity that can be seen on secular reality shows are easily displayed on these shows and it should not be so. There definitely needs to be a change before it is too late and permanent damage is created.
For many years the church of yesteryear had a great reputation when it came to public perception. Now granted the church did not do everything correctly and was not perfect but it was reputable. I cannot help but think are the images portrayed in some of these reality shows tearing down or even destroying the legacy of the church for the next generation. Being raised in church I always prided myself on the integrity of my local church and it seems like that sense of integrity is slowly being chipped away at. I cannot help but wonder what our founding fathers would say and feel about our portrayal on television. I think from an overall perception they would not be pleased and would be a bit disappointed. Participants in these shows have named outreach as the reason for doing these shows but in my personal conversations I have noticed that people within and without the church are very displeased in what they are seeing. Eventhough all the shows featuring gospel artists, preachers and Christians are not bad, we live in a society where people are placed in boxes and consistently grouped together, so because of this all Christian reality shows tend to have a negative overcast placed on them.
I do not feel that these shows need to be taken off the air because they are in the early stages where the premise of these shows and the portrayal of the people on them can still be changed and turned positive. My greatest suggestion in creating better shows is changing the essence of these shows to be more ministry based. While watching a number of these shows, I have noticed that ministry is a small focal point and a great deal of emphasis is placed on the personal lives of these people and the drama created throughout the show. Now granted watching the personal lives of these leaders makes them more personable, but if these shows are created for outreach as previously stated then that needs to be a focal point of the show. It is imperative that people representing the church make decisions that will not be consequential for years to come. With this post I challenge all gospel artists, preachers and Christians to create a change in the reality shows they participate in. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!