I never heard of this show until Alf Halvorson (pastor, First Presbyterian Bethlehem, PA) brought it to my attention. He tells my husband - this is a great show and missional! So, here is credit to you, Alf, for this idea.
And for me spending 30 minutes watching this show. The idea is that the person does not go to the game show - the game show comes to the person. If you haven't seen the show, an unsuspecting person in NYC hails a cab. They get in and state the address of their destination. BAM - they are in a game show. They answer questions as they ride along. If they get to their destination with no more than 2 incorrect answers, then they get the cash. If they reach 3 incorrect answers, they are kicked out of the cab. They are left alone to get to their destination.
Instead of churches focusing on attracting people to the fancy game show studio, churches should train their people to be a witness to Christ wherever they are. Even in NYC cabs.
I like the metaphor, Alf. A game show that comes to you.
Of course, it is a metaphor and therefore not perfect. Jesus doesn't abandon you short of your destination without recourse. Confession and forgiveness are a ticket back in the cab.
The question I have is for the folks who play Cash Cab. Do they care any more about Cash Cab after they play? Is it a fun distraction in their day, maybe their 15 minutes, and then back to NYC life? Folks who try to get on shows work hard - they create audition tapes, they audition, they stand in line for hours, they jump and down and act crazy. They pay attention to the show and take interest in the show succeeding, mostly by watching. It is the adage -- you get out of it what you put in.
Cash Cab seems to me to be a mere curiosity. If the Cash Cab disappeared from NYC streets tomorrow, would anyone really care? I don't think so. People will continue to hop in cabs in route to their destination. Well, Alf would care. He likes the show.
The danger of a Cash Cab vision for ministry is that it can be a mere curiosity that does not change lives. After all, the idea is to help people have a life long relationship with Jesus. However, limiting the Christian life to a TV studio is equally dangerous.
Thanks, Alf, for the introduction to Cash Cab!