If Jesus graded TLC's "The Sisterhood" and WE tv's "Mary Mary," what would their reality TV scorecard look like? It would likely be marked with a big red "F" for failure to represent Christ and His values.
Chances are, He would want less focus on bickering, arguing, and carnal things, and more attention placed on helping the needy, doing missions work, and showing love and compassion.
But visiting the sick, giving to the poor, witnessing to the lost, and loving your neighbor as yourself aren't exactly big ratings-boosting themes are they?
A corporately owned network, interested in attracting lucrative advertising business, may not want to hear about James 1:27 setting the guidelines.
That scripture says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (NIV)
"Big yawn" is what TV execs would probably say about that.
In American culture, the entertainment industry is fueled by gossip, vanity, and "oh no you didn't" moments. Cussing, hair-pulling, insult-hurling and backstabbing is what gets millions glued to their TV sets.
As more people are drawn in, the perks and rewards for those featured on the show increase: endorsements, product sales, attention and admiration from the masses, and opportunities for greater exposure abound.
So it's a win-win for the reality TV subjects and the networks that distribute the show to the public.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine