If the Christian couple in “Wife Swap” is indeed a “real” one, why would they ever consent to even be on this despicable program? Prime time media, as you have noted, will never portray a believer in a favorable light.
As background,two days ago we shared a synopsis of ABC/Disney’s latest “Wife Swap.”
Yesterday, we expressed concern regarding H&R Block’s advertising
empowerment of this bottom feeding program “Wife Swap.”
A number have asked the question, why would a Christian couple ever consent to even be on this despicable program? One person inquired in the following way:
Even though I rarely watch TV, I believe it’s become primarily trash. If “Wife Swap” is the latest offering in the reality TV genre, then I will remain in my “unreality”. I have been employed by H&R Block for nearly twenty years and intend to “write” to them, but please answer one question for me. If the Christian couple in “Wife Swap” is indeed a “real” one, why would they ever consent to even be on this despicable program? Prime time media, as you have noted, will never portray a believer in a favorable light. Please continue your good work faithful servant.
Our attempt at answering this question.
(1) Every Christian is at a different stage of maturity.
(2) Some sit under preaching that week after week is very superficial. They are getting the milk but not the meat. They don’t know any better. They have heard very little of the Word.
(3) The flesh is weak and they had an opportunity to be on national television and they naively thought they could present Christians in a positive light.
(4) Perhaps they were paid some money. That can always serve as an incentive to those led by the flesh.
These are just a few of the possibilities. Certainly, a discerning Christian would not under any circumstances place themselves in such a context. The mere title of the program “Wife Swap” should be reason enough not to even for a moment consider such an association.
As Christians, we are called out of darkness. “Have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” is what Paul writes in Ephesians 5.
Lastly, and from a salt and light aspect, what is H&R Block doing advertising on this degrading program?
Mr. Brad Iversen, Chief Marketing Officer
Dear Mr. Iverson:
Last year you apologized for advertising on “The Book of Daniel” and stated that you would continue to advertise in a responsible way.
Well, a new tax season has begun and one of the first shows that you advertised on was “Wife Swap” which featured sexually explicit themes, including scenes of pole-dancing parties and strip clubs. In addition, Christian values were mocked and the Bible, which many of your customers hold sacred, was mocked and was thrown into a garbage can.
We expect better of H&R Block. If you continue empowering this kind of programming, we couldn’t even begin to consider having our taxes done by an H&R Block agency. Is this what we can expect from you? Please let me hear from you.
American Decency Association
Bill Johnson, President
P.O. Box 202
Fremont, MI 49412