If you’ve been out of the country over the last few days you’ll be forgiven for not knowing that Big Brother is back on air with it’s 8th UK series. Orginally started as a psychology experiment that was aired on TV, it has now become one of the most controversial television programs in the history of TV. For example, in the last Australian series, a contestant was withheld personal information about her father dying (whist in the house) because she was on a gameshow. This caused an uproar in Austraila. Last year to male contestants were kicked out of the house because they raped a female contestant. Even the late night show in Austrailia has had complaints because it is too sexually explicit. In the UK we are yet to hit those kinds of depths of depravity although we are getting there: the UK programme has been severly reprimanded over its handling of a racist row involving Shilpa Shetty (the Bollywood star). As a result Channel 4 has to make 3 on-air apologies.
Here’s my problem with Big Brother: Paul wrote to the church in Rome and said “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.” (Romans 2:1) . After listing a series of sinful acts in Romans 1 Paul declares that we cannot watch what is going on pass judgement on those things because by watching others we too are guilty of partaking. What does that mean in the Big Brother context? It means that as a Christian, if i am enjoying the promotion of promiscuity and the addiction to offend I cannot say “that is wrong” because I have judged myself because I am watching.
The warning is clear then – don’t watch Big Brother!