Reality TV…not really all that new.

Reality TV has been a genre available for all of your lives. There is some debate as to exactly what was the first “reality” show, but some of the biggest shows that were early entering the scene would include “Big Brother”, “Survivor”,  and “American Idol”. The draw for most of these shows is that they are unscripted and one never knows what could or will happen. It goes from the boring to the unbelievable-and what makes it so unbelievable is that it is the lives of real people.

Reality TV shows may only be new in the past 50 years, but recording real people’s livethat have gone WAY off course for the world to see is nothing new. Today’s chapters I read in Genesis (19 & 20) would be on the top of my list for the strange, unbelievable and “I can’t believe that is recorded” list. I can also assure you there will not be too many devotions written about the verse referenced in this one! This is one of those episodes which I am familiar with from reading but have a very hard time imagining it happening in real life. As you know, Lot was Abraham’s nephew, he lived in Sodom and Gomorrah and his wife turned to a pillar of salt. He is also the man though, who after running for his life and settling just out of his town, ends up impregnating his daughters, who had tricked him into it through drunkenness.  To read the whole account, go to Gen. 19. How? Why did this ever happen? Was this normal back in that day? I always have had these questions and wanted to look into it some more.

What I found out from was this was not “normal” then either. The descendants from those children became the Moabites and Ammonites, some of the most ungodly people of that time. But more importantly, God teaches us some things through this account. How did these girls EVER think up such a messed up plan? They were raised in the city of Sodom-one of the most sinful cities ever. They hung around sin and sinful people EVERY day. They learned those ways from their environment. The abnormal and sinful, became normal and acceptable. This is the way life works. It is a sad, but true account of Prov. 13:20 to the ultimate degree. (Prov. 13:20-Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.) Our environment, friends, what we allow into our lives DOES really matter. It affects our thinking and actions. This is something dad and I constantly need to consider in where we go, what we do, and where we allow you to go. It is something you, as adults now, need to always consider in your own lives, as you are making your own decisions. The older you get, the larger the impact of your day to day decisions. Environment and friends do really matter. They will affect the trajectory of our entire lives, just as it did for the Ammonites and Moabites.


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