Review: BET’s Exalted. Shining a Light on Christian Ministry

Finally! BET produces a Christian series that isn’t low budget. With their new series Exalted BET aired one hour documentaries profiling six of the most influential African American ministers in the world today. The six ministers that were part of the the series were Prophetess Juanita Bynum, Reverend Eugene Rivers, Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Bishop Carlton Pearson and Bishop Charles Blake. I’m usually fairly critical about BET’s Christian programming, but this time the network got it right!

Christian leaders are beginning to take a more prominent role in American culture. It is refreshing to see a show that gives viewers insight into their lives. I have to give BET some credit, because they did not do a lot of sugarcoating when they were exploring the lives of each minister. They talked about the triumphs as well as the struggles. I was fairly familiar with each minister profiled, but I learned something new during each episode that I watched.

Lately, may of our Christian leaders have been under fire for various reasons. Some have fallen into sin and others are experiencing turmoil in their families. It is easy for any of us to sit back and throw darts at them. It is easy for us to criticize and talk about what someone should have done. However, the best thing any of us can and should do is pray. We should constantly pray that God’s will be done, no matter who the vessel is.

I’ve gotten to a point in my life that I don’t care who God uses, as long as his will is done. So, whether it is T.D. Jakes or the pastor down the street with 100 members, all I care is that God is glorified. What happens if there is a national minister that may not have God’s best intentions at heart? Am I going to bad mouth them? No. Am I going to bash them on this blog? No. I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God works in their lives and gets all of the glory in the end.

Some final thoughts about BET and Christian Programming

In the past I have been greatly disappointed with the production quality of BET’s programming. I’m not talking about paid programming like the late Bishop Patterson or any other church services. There was a time when I thought BET only had 3 quality camera’s and they used them to tape 106 & Park. It seemed that every other original show was left with hand held camcorders purchased from Best Buy. If you don’t believe me, just watch an episode of College Hill. For the record, I am fully aware that ratings and revenue have an impact on production quality.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I started watching exalted Exalted. The production quality was very good. In my opinion Christian programming should be on par if not better than any other programming out there. In order to see quality Christian programming continue, we must support it. I’m not saying we all must watch every Christian television program or network. If something does not appeal to you, by all means, do not watch it. However, if you do find certain programming appealing, please support it, so Christian programming can flourish. Here’s to praying for another season of Exalted.

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