My wife and I like watching reality TV music shows. I know. It’s a guilty pleasure. But I like watching the talent of people sharpen through the season. And I like the learning about the humble backgrounds of the singers stories. And I even like the entertainment of the competition.
And that’s why I won’t be watching any more episodes of X-Factor.
On the X-Factor, each judges grooms a contestant. This dual role of producer and judge creates an inherent tension between the judges ,who prop up their protégé and dis the other judge’s choice of choreography, song choice, etc. It’s a weird dynamic that leaves the singer in the middle of the judges and their many arrogant justifications.
I like it when people build-up people. I don’t like people being used or torn-down. X factor uses people, not only for big corporation, but also for the big egos of the judges. And that’s just wrong. Ego should not be the power that votes people off the island.
In what should be a stark contrast, The Church seeks to be a counter-culture of people being built up, not torn down or voted off the island. And, fortunately, the talents of the least are often most esteemed by God. And even more, the only judge is the one who welcomes all, and binds all together by their relationship to himself and God.
In Greek, the first letter of Christ is X. Now there’s the real X-factor.