MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

10 Lessons from Carrie Prejean

February 24th, 2010 Viewed 1288 times
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

93201_misscaliforniausacarrieprejeanattendsapressconferenceattrumptoweronmay122009innewyorkcity1It occurred to me this morning, as I was preparing for the day, that the situation that Carrie Prejean finds herself in offers us many lessons as to how people, especially Christians, have to live circumspectly in this present age.

Specifically, there are 10 things that I believe that you and I should consider and keep in mind with the culture the way that it is, and over the next few days I’d like to look at them—for some of them we do, some of them we think we’d never do, but we do things like them, and others we need to be aware of.

Anything You Record May Come Back to Haunt You

February 25th, 2010 Viewed 1430 times
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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Carrie Prejean wasn’t the first person to make a recording she thought would remain private, only to find out that it did not.  Many people every day are making recordings, taking photographs and writing statements that they believe will only be read, seen and heard by the intended recipients.

Yet, the Internet has proven just how wrong this kind of thinking is.

Reply To All

One of the big things in our present age is the “Reply To All” problem—a nifty feature in most e-mail programs that allows you to broadcast your secrets en masse to everyone on the original e-mail.

Confession Is Not Enough

February 26th, 2010 Viewed 1205 times
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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It’s a given part of human nature.  Each and every one of us have sinned.  We’ve all “fallen short” to use the concept that Paul uses in the book of Romans.

However, the fact that we all sin is not an excuse for sinning.  The grace that God gives us to triumph over any sin is not an excuse to sin more.  This is the thrust of the argument that Paul made to the Romans close to 2000 years ago.

So every time I hear someone who was caught doing something wrong saying “I know it’s wrong, but I have a long way to go” in an effort to diffuse a situation, I shake my head.

The whole point of the Christian faith is repentance—a change of direction.

Save It For When You’re Married

February 27th, 2010 Viewed 1283 times
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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In the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the two young children that live with their widower father are all excited because they feel that if their father kisses the lovely leading lady then “they’ll have to get married.”  Today, the leading lady and man move in together while he’s recovering from a divorce.

Our society has changed a lot over a couple of generations to the point that many of the things that we would expect to hear about self-control and decency we no longer hear.

It’s Good To Take a Stand For Marriage

February 28th, 2010 Viewed 1398 times
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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The reason that Carrie Prejean is in the news is not only for the fact that she is good looking and was Miss California—it’s that she was almost Miss USA (or at least that’s what many said) but for an answer she gave to Perez Hilton about same-sex marriage.

In her interview portion, Hilton asked Prejean what she thought about Proposition 8, the California proposition that would have legalized same-sex marriage, but was rejected by the voters of the state.  Prejean stated that she believed marriage was between a man and a woman.

That’s great—I mean, I agree.  It’s the traditional definition, and altering that definition does erode the meaning, even if it doesn’t directly effect my marriage or those around me.  The problem is, marriage is already pretty weak as it is.

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

March 1st, 2010 Viewed 1838 times
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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You don’t get to the point where you’re almost Miss USA by being ugly.  It’s not based on your character or how fun you are to be with that you find yourself named Miss California.

There’s only one reason that these types of competition feature swimsuits, formal wear and offer money for cosmetic surgery and that has nothing to do with what’s on the inside.

And what is on the inside is what is most important.

Delayed Reaction

March 2nd, 2010 Viewed 1363 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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When confronted, there are two things to remember:

  • Defensiveness will only get you so far.
  • Defensiveness sets you up for an attack

Carrie Prejean’s reaction to the revelation that she had cosmetic surgery done was to get defensive.  She sated that she did not believe that it was against the Bible to have cosmetic surgery done.

This wasn’t really the issue.  Part of the issue was a look at her morality.  People want to know why someone that is now claiming biblical morality would be having elective surgery to increase her bust size.  They want to think through whether or not a Christian should be competing in a contest that values external appearance and emphasizes the womanly figure.  They want to know what’s on the inside.

When you get defensive, you don’t seem sure of yourself—you express doubt.

Taking a Stand is Costly

March 3rd, 2010 Viewed 1355 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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It was not easy to be a Christian after Christ left the Earth.  A quick read through Fox’s Book of Martyrs reveals that many of those in the early church met cruel fates.  They were beheaded, crucified, used as human torches and fed to lions for sport.  These people took a stand for Christ over the Emperor, they did not recant their faith under pressure, and they grew in number.

In America, we know nothing of the cost to our lives like they did in that time.  There are times where it approaches that kind of actions, but for the most part our society is tolerant of diverse opinions.

However, very important in our culture is reputation, who people think you are and how well known you are.  People spend a lot of time working and building their reputations and self-identity.  The sacrifice to be a Christian in the American culture is a sacrifice of that reputation—because it may be that people will look at you differently when they find out what you believe.

Don’t Seek The Spotlight

March 4th, 2010 Viewed 1309 times
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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One doesn’t participate in the Miss USA pageant because they’re timid, modest and reserved.  They may get in it for the college money, for the recognition of their beauty, or because they have a competitive spirit.

The problem with seeking fame is that always comes with a cost.

In Galatians, the Bible talks about how leaders will be held to a higher standard, and we see how that plays out in the life of Carrie Prejean, for she ended up being a leader in a different way than she originally had planned.

Grace, Seasoned With Salt

March 5th, 2010 Viewed 1270 times
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Carrie Prejean

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We need to make sure that our speech is that which will build up.  That’s exceedingly difficult in our current culture.  What we say we believe is no longer a personal belief about a action, but it’s a statement that directly applies to people, and people take personally.

I am against same-sex marriage.  I’m against homosexuality.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.