By Tanya Wilson
The October 23rd episode of “Preachers of L.A.” gave the Oxygen network its best Wednesday primetime rating ever with adults 18-49 and delivered 1.2 million total viewers. Most certainly in the race for ratings, the Oxygen network is dancing for joy and I am certain will, if not already, have the pen available for the preachers to sign on the line for multiple years in the airing of the series. After all, it’s all about the ratings isn’t it?
With 57% of all shows currently on television being reality-based, reality shows are absolutely capturing the attention of many television viewers. But what are the “Preachers” trying to get across to those viewers?
Deitrick Haddon said in the October 18th 2013 of Christian Post Magazine that “people need to get over the possessions of Christian ministers and start focusing on how they can win souls for Jesus.” Really!
For me, it is not about their possessions, although it’s difficult to see the message in the middle of the bling, it’s about what substance the viewer can walk away with? To be compared to the life of a rock star, according to Bishop Noel Jones is a comment that should have been edited out.
It has been largely reported that the reason that the preachers decided to do the reality show is to open up their lives for all to see that they too are human and should not be placed on a pedestal. I get that.
Nonetheless, I am concerned about people that are at a crossroads in their spiritual life, as well as those who have not yet become rooted and grounded in the Word of God. Is this the opening message that they have to choose from?
It takes money to operate a ministry there is no question about that, but to hear Bishop Clarence McClendon say he would not accept an invitation to visit a ministry and speak to its people if the money was not what he asked for is appalling. What about those souls that Haddon reminds us about?
According to Church and Ministry website, tithing is the lowest it’s been in 41 years. Perhaps the intention is not to flaunt their riches. But, for a society where many people are trying to stay financially afloat, it is possible that those potential donors would think twice about their tithes. Malachi 3:10 makes it clear the purpose of the tithes.
I am only one person, but if any one of the preachers are reading, I simply end with Philippians 4:8, “finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte N.C. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.