Saturday, May 02, 2009

I wish they all could be California girls...

No, not really. Especially if they're anything like Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Is anyone tired of this yet? She was asked a question on gay marriage from an openly gay host whose only claim to fame is running an online tabloid and having a name similar to Paris Hilton. She was open about her faith in interviews leading up to the pageant and California is home to the controversial Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. What did she expect to happen?

So she lost. So she said it was because of her answer opposing gay marriage. So what.

So Miss Prejean did what Evangelical Christians have learned to do, not from the example of Jesus Christ, but from their political brand of American Christianity (TM)- she played the "persecution" card. Now she's a celebrity to the Religious Right (scroll down down at the 558 mark and listen to the podcast if you want to hear this "great" interview) and a spokesperson for the National Organization of Marriage (I'd never heard of it before she came along, and I'm against gay-marriage).

Yes, the Perez Hilton went over the line by taking her response personal instead of crediting her for her honesty and not being tempted by peer pressure to be politically correct. He then left the line far behind in his rear view mirror when he went public calling her a "b---h" and "c--t" just because she thinks differently than he does. But that does not come close to equalling Christian persecution.

I've written several times before criticising the "persecution complex" of American Christianity (TM), and I'll repeat myself by saying her crying about losing a beauty pageant is an insult to the thousands of Christians across the globe whose lives are threatened because of their faith.

Did I mention this was a beauty pageant? An celebration of vanity if there ever was one. And last I checked, vanity is a sin. It doesn't help her cause that she got breast implants before the competition and that they were paid for by her California sponsor.

I'm sorry, but I have little sympathy for this woman. Was she treated unfairly? Yes, of course. Was it because of her faith? Not sure if it was as much a matter of faith than of politics. Is she being persecuted? Yes to a degree, but only because she's elevated herself to the level of national celebrity. I'll certainly pray for her and wish nothing but the best, but I won't claim her as speaking for me, my politics, nor my faith.

Instead I turn to Jesus, who never backed down from persecution. "At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you." He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' "(Luke 13:31-32) But his goal wasn't political or to change the social norms (though admittedly he did speak out against some of them, emphasis on some) but instead to offer redemption to the world through shedding his blood.

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