Just when you thought you’ve “seen it all” and “heard it all,” the Oxygen network is set to release a new reality show called, “Preachers of L.A.” I’m not making this up. Watch the trailer for the show below.
Preachers of L.A. gives a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.
I saw a comment on YouTube that said, “This show is going to cause a whole new wave of atheists.” It’s hard to know how to respond to this. My thoughts on it are still formulating. One of my friends summed it up like this: “A mess.” I cringe in seeing the prevalent false teaching with respect to what’s known by many as the “prosperity Gospel.” In a 3-minute trailer, there’s four prosperity remarks:
One pastor on the trailer says,
“P Diddy, Jay-Z, they’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses.”
“The Bible says that I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. I believe that.”
“The Bible says those who sow among us should reap from us. That’s implying that the preacher is to be taken care of.”
“I like being successful. It’s a necessary part of what we do.”
Frightening. A little too much reality. The preachers in this show see nothing wrong with those statements, so it appears the world along with Christians who know better may be shaking their heads in masses around the world… and praying.
The end of the trailer does highlight a couple things that do make sense. For example, that “no one is beyond redemption.” And that pastors are people too and make mistakes. They’re human. This is true.
While no reality show is 100% reality (i.e., simple film editing can distort truths and some things are flat out staged), hopefully some good can come out of a show like this, some kind of way. I’m not a huge fan or reality shows, but I’m interested in watching some of these episodes. Learning more of those types of worlds if-you-will equips me to better minister and understand persons whose only concept of church is the type of reality shown in the churches featured in this show.