Sunday, July 08, 2007

Last weekend, the comment was made by a friend of mine that it would be very difficult to be a Christian on a reality show (Amazing Race, Real World, etc). Another friend then said that it shouldn't be that difficult (making the point that it is possible for a Christian to live life in such a way that is honoring to God). This comment was met with some disagreement based on the way so many shows edit things to portray whatever the producers/directors/writers want to portray. This argument is valid, for sure. I think reality TV is reality in name only... especially with as many as there are now.

But the comment made about Christians living life in a consistent way even on camera has really struck me. I wonder what the tv world would think of my life if there was a camera on me every day (without editing). Would my life reflect a sincere love for Jesus... or would it reflect a sincere love for something else? Sadly, I fear it is the latter.

So my question for those who wish to respond is this: what does it look like to live a life that is "worthy" to be filmed and broadcast to the world for the purpose of reflecting Jesus?

I think authenticity is a large part of it, but I think we almost glorfiy our sinful authenticity at the expense of being obedient to what Christ has called us to (and empowered us for). I am not advocating legalistic sinlessness... rather, I am advocating walking in the Spirit as Paul tells us to do in Galatians 5:16 - "But I say walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."

Food for thought. Comments welcome and requested...


Todd Richards said...

Actually the word impossible was used instead of difficult. Basically, the argument was being made that it would be impossible for a Christian to be portrayed accurately on tv. The second friend then said it would not be impossible - difficult, yes - but not impossible. That is when the discussion turned to producer editing and the like. Basically, this is being added to ensure that no one thinks that anyone thinks it would be easy to live a life of consistency on tv. But it is certainly not impossible.

eVdub said...

>"but I think we almost glorfiy our sinful authenticity at the expense of being obedient"

Hey Todd, can you please expound. I'm not exactly following this.

ps. I see that you reference Nickel & Dime below. Do you have anpther album besides "3 Days in March"? I love that one.

pps. we're not actively posting to our blog. or