Okay, so over on DaGospelTruth.com, Gerald Jones has a post about another gospel great looking to get into this reality show craze that is sweeping the gospel entertainment industry. This time Karen Clark Sheard and family are gearing up for a show called Family Matters. The show appears that it will air on BET networks, though confirmation and a premiere date are yet to be set.
So gospel is looking to make major moves using mainstream outlets, do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing? On one hand I think that this is a good thing, Mary Mary saw great success with their reality show on WeTV, they are renewed for a second season. BET has had 5 great seasons of Sunday Best and both Marvin Sapp and Kim Burrell have filmed pilots for their reality shows in hopes to market them to various networks to air. On the other hand, I do wonder if wanting to venture out into this new market of reality show business will help further “the gospel”. I think that gospel artists and such can afford to extent their reach beyond simply being a vessel for Christ, but I don’t want to see that get tainted or lost, in their human wants and desires for more, other than simply spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and winning souls to the kingdom.
Is there room for both ministry and entertainment within gospel? Have our artists gone to far by seeking opportunities to create reality shows? Do you think this is helpful or harmful to the christian community and its mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? Let me know what you think below.