Why Kardashian Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s Upcoming Reality TV Show Isn’t Good News for Christianity

Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and his wife DawnCheré | From http://bit.ly/1KEEfjp
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and his wife DawnCheré | From http://bit.ly/1KEEfjp

Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. is “not your typical pastor,” according to People Magazine. “I come from a different perspective,” the 31 year-old Florida native said. “I don’t think that people are interested in a bunch of religion, like telling me what I can and can’t do, but I think that people are interested in having a relationship with God.”

Wilkerson and his wife, DawnCheré, will have an opportunity to talk about their “different” perspective on faith in an upcoming TV show, Rich in Faith. The young, hip pastor who married Kanye West and Kim Kardashian last year, has made a career of pastoring some of the biggest celebrities in America, including the Kardashian family and Justin Bieber. Wilkerson’s brand of Christianity is steeped in what’s cool now, from his sermons based on popular songs to his undercut to his wardrobe. It’s a carefully curated presence.

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This curation is what makes the Wilkersons both so appealing (you can be cool and a Christian!) and so concerning. I’m of the perhaps unpopular opinion that religious TV shows are all pretty much terrible, and reality religious TV shows are worse than that. No matter what Wilkerson and others think, even with the best of intentions, a reality TV show will rarely be a vehicle that glorifies God–just watch Oxygen’s other offerings, Fix My Choir; Preachers of Detroit; and Preachers of L.A. Instead, it will end up glorifying the people at its center.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service

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