It is Saturday afternoon and as I channel surf, I see nothing but reality shows. It amazes me how much we are all guilty ( myself included) of wanting to see what other people are doing and how they live. But, somehow, we all can’t help but sit and stare at what some I call train wrecks! Then, as we sit and watch these train wrecks, we become desensitized to what they are doing and the language.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all reality television are all train wrecks. There are some out there that do have a positive message and make positive changes for others and their lives. Some examples of positive reality shows are Undercover Boss, Extreme Home Makeover, and Clean House. There are a few more out there that I have missed and will see and be reminded of as I channel surf once again later in the day or week.
Although we are hooked on reality television, are we really seeing what is truly real? If we truly want to be real, we need to turn our attention away from these television shows and turn our attention to Christ. When we focus on real life in Christ, we are compassionate people, kind, and we learn true humility. Along with these characteristics we also learn what true forgiveness means and unconditional love. So many times, these train wrecks of reality television amplify the opposite. The members of the shows don’t forgive and hold grudges, and appear to be more concerned about themselves than others. It makes my heart-break when I see people unwilling to forgive and self centeredness. I think to myself “they are missing what we are truly placed here on earth for and that is to encourage and love one another.” Colossians 2:12-14 says it well; Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. This is reality living.
My challenge for you as well as myself is the next time a train wreck comes on and it has you hooked in, remember that the true reality of life is with Christ. In John 14:6, we are reminded by Jesus himself that ‘I am the way, the truth, and life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Thus, the reality shows may try to influence us and attempt to desensitize us. But, when we hold tight to what John 14:6 tells us along with ALL the bible tells us, then we know the true reality of life. Now, that is REALITY!