Preachers, pastors, ministers, apostles, reverends and evangelists are all supposed to be men of God and have apparently accepted a calling to the ministry from God to publicly proclaim the gospel.
News flash: preachers are human too. It’s a reality that many people have a hard time grasping – especially church cynics and faith pessimists. Those of the Christian faith believe that we are all sinners saved by the grace of God and the Bible supports this with various scriptures.
While most logical people understand that preachers are not perfect and do not expect them to live a life without spot or blemish, there is a desire among most to keep their faith experience sacred.
I was once told: “If you like to eat hot dogs, don’t go to where they manufacturer them because once you see the process that goes into making them you won’t want to eat one again.”
Apply that principal to the churchgoing experience. Many of us know that the story behind the glory of what we see in our faith leaders may not be a pretty picture, but the unknowing allows us to view ministers as vessels being used by God and doesn’t complicate our perception of the messenger.
I’m not saying that ministers should not share parts of their reality to empower, teach and inspire others.
But the exploitation of a preacher’s life obscures ones ability to view them as Godly vessels alone.
We’ve all gone to doctors who at some point have may misdiagnosed a patient’s condition or operated on a patient who may have died. One would be naive to believe otherwise. But the reason we continue going to that same doctor is because we are often unaware of a doctor’s medical mishaps. Now, if we watched these doctors on some reality show, it would likely alter our decision to want to have this medical practitioner treat us for whatever reason.
How many of us would really allow the late Michael Jackson‘s former doctor Conrad Murray practice medicine on us?
The faith experience is sacred just like the medical experience. The same way doctors work to heal the physical man, ministers are supposed to work to heal the spiritual man.
Well, these are the challenges with the “Preachers of LA” on Oxygen!
Critics of this series aren’t questioning that most of the men on this reality series weren’t at some point called by God and aren’t skilled to deliver insightful and compelling sermons. No, the real concern is the preachers showcasing their shortcomings to those who would rather not see them.
“Preachers of LA” is landing Oxygen some of its highest ratings ever. For entertainment purposes, the show has been a major success for the network despite being publicly bashed by renowned preachers like Bishop T.D. Jakes.But after the first week, two of the show’s stars were already catching hell because of the show. AlwaysAList.com previously reported that Bishop Clarence McClendon is having second thoughts about doing the show amid scrutiny and backlash from followers since the first episode aired.
Gospel singer and former pastor Deitrick Haddon has had emails from a 2008 extramarital affair on his first wife and photos of his penis that were sent to a mistress surface on the blog FunkyDineva.com.
The fallout from this show is that it has cast a vastly negative impressive of Christians to millions of people. National news and news magazine series have done stories criticizing the show for that very thing. Ultimately, “Preachers of LA” plays up every negative stereotype non-believers have of Christians and the churchgoing community.
Though many of the ministers on the show proclaim they signed on to participate in this show to offer Godly insight to a non-traditional viewers, maybe the “Preachers of LA” platform wasn’t the vehicle to facilitate that!
Only time will tell if “Preachers of LA” continues to do more harm than good and if the other four preachers on the series can come out unscathed.
VIDEO: Watch me discuss the “Preachers of LA” on HLN’s “Evening Express”