Christian Reality Show—-really????

I heard it on the news, and I read it in the paper.  Lakewood’s Joel and Victoria Osteen are in negotiations for a reality television show about their successful missions outreaches.   Am I the only one who has a problem with this?

Don’ get me wrong, I am all for missions.  I support them both financially and personally.   It is the idea of turning something altruistic into what was described in the paper as ‘entertainment.’   Reality shows are all about the ‘hype.’   At least the ones I have seen are.  I don’t particularly like them for that reason.   The newspaper went on to describe this proposed new reality television program in the same ilk as Sister Wives, and All American Muslim.    Seriously, is this the type of program that would be honoring to Christianity?

Christianity is having a hard enough time with regard to respect in today’s post Christian era.  If part of the Body of Christ initiates a forum where every fault and foible were on display, what is the anticipated response from society?   Remember we live in a contentious culture.  Just this week, politicians were castigated for making mistakes in their speeches.  Surely, if the American people are not forgiving in something so mundane as a slip of the tongue, what will they do with a slip of the halo?

The Bible instructs us to do our alms in secret, so that the Father can reward us openly.  (Matthew 6:4-6)   In fact, that scripture states that if we do our good deeds for recognition, then we have, in fact, already received our rewards.    With all due respect, I hope the leadership at Lakewood Church forgoes opportunity.

Am I over reacting?  What do you think?

Until next time,



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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4 Responses to Christian Reality Show—-really????

  1. Bunny Casey (Verna) says:

    Polly, I am sure it will be pretty scripted so they look good but that does not make it a reality show.
    I hate to see God’s work shown in this way. Anyone else feel this is a good thing?

    • I understand scripted. However, having been on the mission field, I know that things do not always go as planned, and people become frustrated, and attitudes are sometimes less than optimal. Christians are allowed to have faults, but I think that the left-wing media will focus and showcase those issues. I pray I am wrong.

  2. As a spoken word poet, Marcus has traveled around the country and performed for national television, with a monthly show on SCETV in the works.

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