Jan 25 2013

Lifestyles of the kitsch and pious

I heard on NPR this morning that there is a new reality show called The Sisterhood featuring the wives of five Christian preachers in the Atlanta area.

Critics say the show takes reality TV one step too far, exposing personal, intimate and sometimes unflattering details about pastors’ wives. But Domonique Scott, former first lady of The Good Life Ministry church, tells NPR’s David Greene that The Sisterhood was somewhat of a calling for her. “We definitely believe that God told us to do it,” Scott says. “Individually, and together as a group.”

“I think for us, the assignment was to step out,” adds Christina Murray, the first lady of Oasis Family Life Church. “We knew it would probably be a little controversial, but we don’t do anything just for people to understand and give us our approval; we do everything for what God is trying to lead us to do.”

Yes, I am sure that their god told them he wants them to do a reality show about their lives since god must be sick of the other offerings on TV and was looking for something new. God has become an all-purpose get-out-of-jail free card for religious people when people question their behavior. I am waiting for the day when an interviewer will ask what seems to me to be an obvious follow-up question along the lines of “How exactly did your god tell you to take such a specific action?”

Needless to say, this show is stirring up controversy as to whether it is appropriate for preachers’ wives to expose their lives on such shows and questioning whether they are doing it for less than noble motives.


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  1. 1
    Tabby Lavalamp

    I ate some cake today. I didn’t think I should as I’m trying to eat better, but I believe God told me I should.

  2. 2
    Marcus Ranum

    God told you to be selfish, fatuous, assholes? He picks the funniest ways to represent his love.

    A better reality show about their lives has already been made. It’s called “Marjoe”

  3. 3
    Marcus Ranum

    I ate some of your cake today, too. God told me you wouldn’t mind.

  4. 4

    - I did not realize that preacher’s wives were referred to as “First Lady”
    - It would be nice if God could make Kim Kardashian shut up. I think he is trying but she is not listening.

  5. 5

    I had a piece of that cake, too. God told me not to do it but Jesus forgave me.

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