Remember Carrie Prejean? Of course not. Who remembers the runner-up of a Miss USA competition? Not unless you raised the ire of the entire homosexual community by declaring that marriage is between a man and a woman at a live national televised event. Unfortunately, she also extended her 15 minute of fame when her teenage scantily clad images surfaced after the competition. Anyway, Donald Trump (who owns the Miss USA brand) decided that she could keep her runner-up title, despite the photos.
But her story presented contradictions that could not be ignored. Her Christian background shaped her convictions on marriage, but her actions didn’t reflect a propriety that should have been influenced by her beliefs.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ commentary on the issue reveal the root of a malady that could also inflict Christians anywhere in the world, not just in America:
Sadly, Carrie is the product of a Christian sub-culture that has lost a sense of what it means to be citizens of the kingdom of God and has embraced the values and thinking of this world.
By and large, young adults who have grown up in our evangelical homes, churches, and schools, are buying into a message that they have seen modeled by those around them who call themselves Christians—namely, that Christianity can be divorced from Christ-likeness, and that practical holiness in everyday life is out-dated, irrelevant, or optional.
‘Christianity divorced from Christlikeness’ – frightening yet true. As I examine my discipleship journey with my Foundation class, I wonder if it could happen to me as well. Sometimes I wonder if my behaviour is culturally influenced or is really a manifestation of repentance and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Currently I am in this phase of self-doubt. I can’t help it. But I suppose it’s for my good. I guess I need to be tested to know if I’m really who I’ve made myself to be.
Please pray for me. Pray that there would be genuine repentance where sins are revealed. Pray for faith in 1 John 1:9.