I have always been intrigued by reality television. It started almost 30 years ago when I stumbled across the show “Cops.” It still is one of my favorites. Something about being able to see first-hand as the drama unfolds. Reality television has boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry and has, in many cases, fallen into unwatchable nonsense.
One of the old favorites that our family used to watch was “American Idol.” As far as I know, it was the first big talent seeking reality show. There have been many that have popped up because of the success of American Idol. There have been shows about cooking, singing, modeling, and just any talent that a person might have. The concept of each of these shows is that the contestant stands in front of a panel of experts or judges and performs to the best of their ability in order to impress the panel and advance on the show. Usually, the makeup of the panel is pretty much the same. There are a few nice and helpful judges, and then there is usually at least one ‘mean’ judge. Someone that is extremely hard to please and sits with arms crossed and a scowl on their face, rarely being impressed with anything.
I am currently reading a book by Thom Rainer that outlines 9 Traits of Outwardly Focused Christians. When he begins to speak of the posture and participation of Christians in the typical worship service, I couldn’t help but think of the reality show model who unfortunately exists all too often. It’s not uncommon to see those in the pews sitting with arms crossed and a scowl on their face giving judgment to whatever is happening at that point in the service. How is that possible when we are singing of the redemptive love of the one true and living God? Or digging into His life-giving Word? It’s a definite head-scratcher.
Please join me in renewing my commitment to be a full participant in every aspect of worship and not a judge of the events.
Love you all! Tracy