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

Grace, Seasoned With Salt

March 5th, 2010 Viewed 1780 times


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.

Don’t Seek The Spotlight

March 4th, 2010 Viewed 1837 times


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.

Taking a Stand is Costly

March 3rd, 2010 Viewed 1867 times, 1 so far today


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.

Delayed Reaction

March 2nd, 2010 Viewed 1909 times


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.

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

March 1st, 2010 Viewed 2587 times


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.

It’s Good To Take a Stand For Marriage

February 28th, 2010 Viewed 1870 times, 1 so far today


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.

Anything You Record May Come Back to Haunt You

February 25th, 2010 Viewed 1921 times


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.

10 Lessons from Carrie Prejean

February 24th, 2010 Viewed 1825 times

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.

Carrie Prejean Teaches Us Another Lesson

November 12th, 2009 Viewed 2705 times, 1 so far today


The sad part is, it’s no longer shocking.  First it was racy photos, and now a “sex tape” that has appeared showing former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, in an erotic display that she says was for a boyfriend at the time, she was alone, and she is a teenager in the video.1

The tape surfaced and Miss Prejean was in court against Miss USA for taking away her title—she had previously held the title of Miss California until racy pictures and failure to perform her duties as laid out in her contract had that title taken from her.  During the trial, the existence of the tape caused both sides to settle.

  1. Hat Tip: The Carrie Prejean “Sex Tape” – Ann Althouse []


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