I am not a big reality TV watcher. I don't want to tango with the stars, be a survivor in a contrived island experience, or sit in a house with a bunch of millennials while our brother watches us. And I definitely don't want to watch others do it either. David explains why better than me in Psalm 52:
"Your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor,
you practice deceit.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
O you deceitful tongue!"
Now, David is not speaking of these shows, obviously. He is speaking of Doeg, a man who told King Saul that David had been to the priest Ahimelech for food and shelter while on the run from the insane King. (See 1 Samuel 21-22) Saul, in his rage, killed all of the priests of the Lord. When David learned of this, he mourned and called on God to take care of Doeg.
"Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;
He will uproot you from the land of the living."
If you do a little research you will find who Doeg is and why David would have known "he would be sure to tell Saul." (1 Samuel 22:22) Doeg was Saul's head shepherd. David would have known him because living in Saul's palace for a while he would have checked the flocks being a shepherd himself. In doing so, he would have met Doeg and known the kind of man he was.
So, are there Doegs today? Sure there are. I don't have to watch a reality show to find them. They are those who plot destruction, whisper behind backs, destroy people through a post. They are all around us, and unfortunately they sometimes are us. I find myself in the place of David at times saying "God, bring them down." At other times I find myself in the place of Doeg spreading harmful words.
I think that is why we are attracted to reality TV, and why I stay away from it. It shows us in a confined and contrived manner who we are- liars, cheaters, deceivers, backstabbers, etc. And in "reality" I can see it every day.
However, David gives us the key to keeping from becoming "Doegs." It's about trust and gratitude:
"I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God's unfailing love
for ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints."
On most reality shows, contestants are hoping for fame and "one million dollars!" but as David here says I will hope in the name of the Lord, for His name is good.
And plotting the ruin and destruction of others is not required.