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People within the body of Christ are endowed with many talents and opportunities to spread the word of Jesus, but a reality show may have been the last discernible instance one might perceive Christians actively participating in.
“The Sisterhood” is a new reality show about a group of pastors’ wives on TLC that began airing Jan. 1. It brings new meaning to the phrase “furtherance of the gospel,” but also implies how barren the fount of innovation for reality programming has become.
The show features five wives – Ivy, Christina, Domonique, Tara and DeLana – who assist their husbands in the daily care of the church and seek what God has in store for their profession. Christina, for example, helps her husband Anthony pastor a thriving contemporary church, while Tara and her husband Brian nurse their wounds after being removed from the head of a church.
The program does include its fair share of histrionic tension, and the lack of vulgar language and full-out cat-fights seems fitting. A conflict between Tara and Domonique over the simple usage of the term “litmus test,” however, boils over in ways no natural conversation should.
Perhaps a shift from the status quo of how reality shows are edited would remove the staleness pervading “The Sisterhood,” and other shows of this sort.
The show does not feature a tongue-in-cheek tone about these women and their faith, but it pains me that another legacy exists where characters blankly stare at each other, one question can strain out an entire life story, a minor trifle tears friendships apart, and a voyeuristic survey of a couple’s relationship is normal.
No matter how much the formula gets revamped, face-lifted and whipped into shape with a new stereotype, the reality show at its core remains the human safari it has always been. Not even evangelism can save the format from itself.