I guess I feel faintly foolish.
Two weeks ago I wrote about my admiration for Carrie Prejean, Miss California, who may have missed out on being Miss USA because she explicitly declared her support for heterosexual marriage. Have you followed the soap opera since then? It appears that Miss Prejean had done some semi-nude modeling prior to her Miss California crown. Surprise—the photos were rocketing around the internet last week. And as you could imagine the laughter and disdain rolled in. She was excoriated for being a pathetic hypocrite, “jamming” her small-minded beliefs on others.
There was some pressure to take away her Miss California crown, but a white knight rode in and saved her. No less a hero than the Miss USA pageant owner, Donald Trump himself, intervened to give his blessing to her keeping the crown. For him it’s a godsend—the Donald got far more free publicity than he could ever have dreamed of.
I will admit that I am somewhat conflicted about what to think. On the one hand, I could smack her for embarrassing Bible-believing Christians, whose efforts to promote heterosexual marriage now got much harder. We all look like hypocrites. Whenever a Christian who has taken a strong moral stand turns out to have moral failures, the positions that he or she espoused now look hypocritical. The sexual sins of Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and Ted Haggard made us all look bad.
On the other hand. I wonder how many pastors would be left standing if their hearers knew everything, absolutely every thought, word, and deed, about them. All of God’s spokesmen are sinners. And here’s the point: what makes a religious statement true or false does not rest on the character of the speaker. Homosexual marriage is wrong not because Miss California said it, but because the Bible says it. Bible truth is true regardless of who says it.
But hey—if you’re going to speak for Jesus, please don’t do any nude modeling, OK?
Straight talk. Real hope.