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Preachers of Detroit is a true celebration of excess

Detroit is a city in crisis. The black middle class is a distant memory. It is a sad city with a bleak future, but as you drive through the city you are struck by the abandoned buildings that sometimes sit adjacent to massive cathedrals. One wonders how are these churches supported when they sit in the middle of urban blight? Friday night a new group of preachers have decided to share their experiences on primetime television. I knew I had stepped through the looking glass when one of the preachers and his family were all sporting designer sunglasses, but their dog was also wearing sunglasses and that took it to a new level of depravity. I am left with a question, why do the impoverished and the working poor continue to bring their hard earned and hard to come by money to preachers who flee the city at the sight of dusk? Why are you waiting in the cold for a city bus and he is profiling next to a Bentley? The reality of these preacher shows is they are more minstrel than ministerial, and if you look at them that way then pass the popcorn.

When did preaching become entertainment?

When I grew up the preachers preached hard, worked up a sweat, christened babies, buried the dead and encouraged the living. They lived in the world of black and white, gray areas did not exist and living on the edge simply meant you were on your way to hell. These preachers were the pre-WWJD generation. For them it was not a question they already knew what he would do, say and they would tell you what he would say about your life. They were not right all the time, but they felt a calling on their lives. Their center stage was often at the front of a storefront. What made them bearable was they were sincere in their beliefs. They would come to the pulpit in their robes or their gray, blue, black or brown suits. Piety was often a way of life not just a word in the dictionary. Now we see preachers ready to strut and wait for their close ups. Preaching is big business. It’s lights, camera action. It’s about getting more in the door not necessarily getting more souls closer to the Great “I AM”. We are in the age of the Preachers of LA and soon to be released the Preachers of Detroit. We will see them flaunt their wealth as they spout well worn platitudes. It is a new day but is it a better day? Share your thoughts.