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The Preachers of L.A.

"The Preachers of L.A." Continued...

Issue: "2013 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 14, 2013

The show reveals all: messy divorces, the loneliness of pastors’ wives, the clashes of theology (and ego). The L.A. preachers’ courage for appearing on national TV, whatever their motivation, is at least commendable.

“People will see how imperfect we are,” said Preachers of L.A.’s Deitrick Haddon, the youngest preacher and most vocal proponent of the show. “It’s a perfect way to reintroduce the Kingdom.”

Christians may bemoan the mutilation of their image on mainstream TV, but Detweiler said the increase of such programs, despite their flaws, could prove positive to the Christian community. “Frankly, I think it’s a great thing,” he said. “I may wish a different kind of show … but I see it as a step closer towards the kind of programming we hope to see.”

Television, of course, is drawn to extremes, and it’s not a perfect platform for preaching the gospel. Without dramatic and gossipy fodder to attract viewers, shows get canceled. But reality shows, even with their manipulated “realities,” represent some forms of truths that are worth debating. These shows raise questions—such as what is wrong about the prosperity gospel, what other denominations are like, how to be authentic Christians, and even racial stereotypes—that may not be answered within the show, but can be discussed and tested according to the Scriptures.

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.


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