The One About The Six Chair Challege

chairsSo, I’ve just watched a bit of the X factor and I’ve been shocked by what I saw. When I turned it on I witnessed the crowd chanting swap. Someone had just sung and the judge wanted them on their team, but in order to make space they have to remove one of the people who they have already selected.

I need to pause and say that there is nothing wrong with choosing one person over another, after all we all have favourite pop stars or sports teams and our choices are our own and that is fine.

What has really annoyed me about what I have just seen is the way that the people who already have a spot on the team are sat on chairs on the stage facing audience. They have to sit and watch the crowd shouting ‘swap’ with many of them also holding up fingers to show which contestant that they think should be sent home.

The crowd appeared to lack any compassion for any of the people who they were demanding were sent home and I hope that this isn’t an example of the society that we are becoming. I realize that the X factor is a really popular program but I just don’t think this is the right way to treat people however entertaining people find it.

How would we feel if a crowd of people came into our workplaces and began screaming that we should be swapped for a new employee? If it’s not okay for people to do it to us, why is it okay for others to be treated that way?

How do we treat the people we meet? Hopefully better than the X factor creators and audience treated the contestants that were sent home.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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