I’m sure that if you haven’t ever watched a show then you’ve at least heard of the concept. Two couples—usually from wildly different backgrounds—offer to have their wives trade places for the week. Usually it entails the wife living under the host family’s rules for a day or so, followed by the guest implementing new rules for a day or so, then a big meet up where everyone talks about what they have learned about.
Recently, one of the blogger I follow stated that she was offered the chance to appear on Wife Swap. She had never seen the show, and found the idea interesting—but her gut told her no. She turned down being on television and the $10,000 paycheck that would come with it.
Why not do it? I mean it’s only for a week.
I think that she came up with some good answers—the effect on her children, her testimony to others, and that her husband and pastor were against it.
However, I think, after seeing this show a few times, the bigger instance is that you’re putting yourself in a situation where your testimony for Christ can be negatively impacted or you could be exposed to something that is satanic.
That’s what happened to the one couple—the famous Pastor from Colorado that lost his church because he got caught having a homosexual massage. He ended up swapping wives with someone that was into occultish practices, and spent a better part of the episode (as it was shown anyway) of equating those practices with worshipping God.
Whether this was editing or whether he actually did the equation, it doesn’t matter. You don’t control what gets shown. You don’t control who they pair you with.
In the case of the blogger, the fact that they were looking for families with “good [C]hristian values” tells me that they were up to finding someone to pair that with, and it probably wouldn’t have been good.
How about you, would you do it?