Lifetime has a reality show about the daughters’ of preachers struggles to define themselves as teenagers, and the delicate balance between adolescence and Christianity. The first I heard about the show was an episode when Taylor talked about the idea that porn stars are free. An ignorant comment from someone that obviously does not know anything about what porn stars go through, how they get into the business, how they’re kept in the business and the drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and the thoughts of suicide that often accompanies the lifestyle. But what else would you expect from a teenager.
While I’m not sure that any good can come from this reality show, from what I can tell it does appear to be a serious show giving an honest look into the lives of preachers, their families, and of course, their daughters. If there is exploitation, like a lot of Christians fear that there might be, it is probably due to the nature of this genre of television; in other words I’m not so sure that this is the best way for Christians to get their message out, and one obviously must wonder if this isn’t a way for pastors of churches that are struggling with revenue to maintain their bottom line or if this show can actually be used as a tool for ministry.
But I do know this much, anyone that has known daughters or sons of pastors or ministers in real life, can probably relate to these daughters. While parents will do their best to make their child look like someone entirely different from the pulpit, the reality is that their children are struggling to find their own identity, just like all other teenagers are. Unless the kids have accepted a calling on their life early on, this is what you can expect.
Not that the show isn’t giving Black churches a bad name, just from the clip I viewed online of Taylor waxing poetic about being a porn star. But honestly, at this point, if what goes on at some Black churches have kept you out of church you weren’t going to attend a Black church anyway. All churches have had scandals, particularly evangelical churches, and you’re either in or you’re out. Assuming that this is the church and it isn’t as heavily edited as say, Real World or Basketball Wives, it might be worth a look. But if we inevitably find out that this is just another empty reality show in which people aren’t really who they say they are, and believe me, this being the church there won’t be any rock left uncovered that isn’t turned, it could give us a look into their lives. Myths and false representation could be shattered, as it should be.
I probably won’t watch the show. I haven’t watched reality shows in years, and I am leery of anything that has to do with religion when it is represented by mainstream media. I am still on the fence about The Bible miniseries produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. If I really want to watch something about God, or Jesus Christ, I’ll watch JCTV, or find something interesting on YouTube because there are some good sermons online and a fresh perspective, through social media. I’m sure Preacher’s Daughters will pop up on Hulu Plus somewhere down the line. No one’s daughter or son is perfect, not even those in a righteous household. But if you see something you don’t like, rather than criticize what you see, pray for those you see on future episodes of this show. The truth may be uncomfortable, and unsettling, but it is better to get everything out in the open …