What’s your reality?

I must admit – I do like some reality tv shows. Not the weird ones which call out to the voyeurs in us. My all-time fave is “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. I’m a sucker for “warm and fuzzies”. Then there’s American Idol, which makes us wait 8 months between seasons!

Lately, my hubby and I stumbled on one called “I survived a Japanese Game Show” In Japan, the name of the show is “Majide”. Aptly named. You see, I just found out that it’s a slang word that means “For real?” or “word!”, depending on your culture or ethnicity. We watched two episodes of it, mainly because our reaction to the first one was “you have got to be kidding me!” (or “majide!”). The second episode convinced us that our time was better served doing something more productive…like watching paint dry. Basically, filmed in Japan, it features two teams of Americans, each participant competing for the grand prize of $250,000. Not only are the events ridiculous (tonight they made them dress up like chickens, roll in oil and feathers and try to pop oversized eggs filled with yellow yolk-like liquid by sitting on them), but the Japanese audience, along with the bi-lingual japanese host, laugh at and make fun of the contestants – in japanese. Unfair home turf advantage, I’d say.

What baffles me about some of these reality shows is: how much money is worth sacrificing – in public, no less! – one’s dignity and reputation? Is it true that everyone can be bought at the right price, given the right set of circumstances? If that is the case, that we can be convinced to sell out for some cash that will one day be gone, then what price are we willing to pay for something of eternal value, like souls? Are we willing to suffer indignity and ridicule for the cause of Christ? How about those Christians for whom this is a lifestyle and not a choice?



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joseph
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 05:22:14

    All I have to say to this post is, word!!! (or Majide!):)


  2. joey
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 07:14:40

    It’s amazing what people will put out there for their “15 minutes of fame”.


  3. ash
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 11:25:48

    japanese game shows, i think, are so hiliarious to watch b/c they’re incredibly obscure….and you’re right, you’ll lose less brain cells if you watch the paint dry on your wall!

    but you make a great point about vying for meaningless commodities- things we just can’t take with us. but all the same people in this world will reduce themselves to obscurity to get what they want. and unfortunately, money is a powerful reward. truthfully? christians are just as subject wanting power and money as anyone else. in 2003, i believe….forbes magazine compared megachurches to mega businesses….the article noted that many churches in america have thousands in attendance, tax exempt and making millions of dollars in revenue. the article noted that pastors often act like co. execs.

    granted, not all churches are “sleazy,”(certainly many are genuine, but the few…) but the idea of “user friendly,” has become a marketing tool rather than outreach. and…”Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.” matt 21:12

    i think as christians, we need to remember who we are and the community that we’re called to build and remember that if we value people more than our possessions, our jobs, that if we’re willing to sacrifice, as you said, for the cause of christ, and for the cause of the people he loves, (and all these things take learning and constant humility), than when we walk away from the game show of life, the eternal reward will will be more fulfilling than the greenbacks that force us to survive now.

    sorry, that was bit long…


  4. angiebledsoe
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 19:24:05

    Happy Birthday, girl! I’m so glad you were born. 🙂


  5. Thea
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 19:34:47

    I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 🙂


  6. solathompson
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 20:49:02

    Joseph, Hai! (meaning “yes”)
    Joey, you ain’t kiddin’!
    Ash, I hear you, girl. Thanks for the contribution. So what if it’s long? 😉
    Thea & Angie, thanks – I feel the love!


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