A lot of dust has been kicked up by the controversy over Miss California\’s crazy answer to a question about gay marriage posed to her in a beauty pageant. She stated that "no offense to anyone" but marriage should be between a man and a woman.
First off, she was right. Biblically speaking, gay marriage is a term that doesn\’t even make sense, as nowhere in the bible (that I\’ve seen) marriage is spoken of in any terms other than man and wife.
What really perplexes and ashames me though, is the Christian Church and the religious right being so quick to lift this girl up as a role model because of her answer.
Do we really want a girl who has posed in her underwear for anyone to see, to be a role model for our young Christian ladies? Do we want to represent the pursuit of "beauty" as having a perfect shape, and prowling a stage in a skimpy bikini?
I read that Liberty University offered Prejean a full ride scholarship to their college simply because of her stance on gay marriage. I hate to sound cynical, but if that is their idea of the type of person they\’d like to have representing their student body (while showing off her own), something is very wrong.
I feel sorry for Carrie, because she is now being attacked from every angle because she simply answered a question honestly. They are saying she has breast implants. How very mature. And now, some website has dug up pictures of her posing in her underwear, and posted them on a blog, surely for no other reason than to trash her for her answer.
But the photos they posted only further strengthen my conviction that, NO, this girl should never have been embraced as a role model.
The deeper story here is, are we that starved for a bold voice in the church, that we have to embrace a beauty queen (whose beauty is routinely rated based on things such as how good she looks in a skimpy bikini) as a spokesperson?
Are we that quiet about our beliefs that when someone whose occupation clearly misrepresents what our morals should be about speaks up, we exalt her?
And even worse is the fact that we\’ve declined in our morals so far that we are debating whether Christians should be "judging" Ms. Prejean for what she does, and debating whether or not being a "beauty queen" is consistent with Christian beliefs.
My take? Representing "beauty" as having anything to do with how good you look in a bikini or otherwise, is far out of line with a biblical view of beauty and womanhood, and we should not be embracing this girl as a role model. "No offense to anyone…"