Crowning Glory (Update)

Miss California Carrie Prejean stirred the proverbial hornet’s nest when she declared her personal, Christian conviction that she disagrees with same-sex marriage. It appears the hornets are still angrily buzzing and viciously biting. Right now there are threats of stripping her of her crown as Miss California. If that happens, eventually she would also lose her crown as the Miss USA 1st Runner Up and, if ever, a shot at the Miss Universe crown. Pageant officials are investigating Carrie for supposed violations of her contract. It is stipulated that she cannot make personal appearances and commercials or give interviews without permission from them. But she made televised appearances in her local church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposing same-sex marriage. Lately, modeling photos of Carrie in lingerie taken while she was just a minor five years ago leaked in the internet. Now, officials are investigating whether this violates her contract where it says she is supposed to conduct herself with the highest ethical and moral standards.

Carrie decried these attempts to humiliate her. “My comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street.” (Source: http://www.usmagazine.com) In the first place, Carrie did not portray herself as sinless or perfect when she expressed her stance that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Displaying a smug, “holier-than-thou” attitude is one thing, declaring one’s sincere belief is another. And her past, even it could be something shameful, does not have a bearing on her present since five years are much more than enough to change one’s ways. This is not something new. The world would always try to accuse you of hypocrisy when you make a stand for what is right, as if that would make them less guilty.

“And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. (1 Pet. 3:15-16, NLT) Yes, we should back up our words with works. But to point out the kettle is black does not make the pot white.

Brethren, let us continue to make a stand for the truth.

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