So I was looking through the items I had recorded on my DVR and lo and behold, the recorder was in the process of capturing “Preachers of LA.” In an effort to get a leg up on my postings (I am woefully behind – I have only myself and those awful people who create materials for the television to blame) I watched some of the program. I could only take a little. I’ll watch the rest of it over the week end and report back to you.
The producers selected an excellent example of what will likely be a recurring theme in my complaints and objections.
Deitrick Haddon was the first “reality scene” I saw. While doing the pastor stuff, he and his wife began divorce procedures. Before the divorce was final (the divorce proceedings were bad enough), that is, while he was still married to his first wife, he hooked up with a younger honey and…wait for it…got her pregnant. So unless she is a fertile as a rabbit, not only did he produce a child with this woman, he did it while he was married to the first wife.
Now he is divorced from his first wife and engaged to the younger honey. And they have a two year old son. And he still preaches.
While I can’t quite remember where it is, I thought Scripture said that a pastor/elder/bishop has be a man of good reputation. I guess maybe I don’t understand what it means to have a good reputation.
Now obviously I’m not talking about living in sinless perfection. We all sin. We all fall short of the glory of God. If we didn’t, there would have been no need for Jesus’ death on the cross. But Paul was talking about public sin with respect to reputation. Reputation goes to what is known about you publicly, not the private sins you may struggle mightily against. Mr. Haddon does not have a good reputation. He doesn’t have one now. He won’t have one five years from now. He won’t have one ten years from now. According to Scripture he should be disqualified for further ministry as an elder/pastor/bishop. Instead, he is promoted and we are encouraged to ignore the obvious.
But what we see is an acceptance of sinful behavior in the pulpit. More importantly, we see a glorification of sinful behavior in the pulpit. And more importantly than that, we are seeing the church presented as a “popularity whore” rather than the bride to be presented as spotless to Christ.
As I said in a previous post, I’m sadly confident that this show will be a source of some most magnificent pimpoliciousness.