At the Miss USA Pageant in Apr 2009, Miss Carrie Prejean claimed that she lost the race for the Miss USA because of her religious views on same sex marriage. Obviously she was voted out by gay and lesbian folks and their supporters who may not have the same legal right as Prejean to marry their loved ones but clearly had the right to vote against her for violating their basic rights. Using Christianity to justify hate and discrimination against others is not biblical, and as the bible warns us, we will be judged in the same manner as how we have judged others.
Soon, even her Christian credentials were challenged with the discovery of racy semi nude photos in May 2009, and that she even had breast implants before she completed for Miss USA, for which she could only replied that she was a “Christian” and a “Model”. Finally, in June, Carrie Prejean was fired as Miss California, by pageant officials claiming she missed scheduled events, by which time she had become a star celebrity gracing anti-gay marriage functions. She was highly praised as a role model Christian willing to speak out against the “gay agenda” by key Christian leaders in the anti-gay marriage movement including comments that:-
The legal war between former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean and pageant organizers was finally settled in 03 Nov, 2009. However, in the news of the settlement, her “Christian” credentials were again questioned by the revelation of explicit sex tapes forcing Carrie to drop her 1 million claim against the Pageant officials. When the video started playing, Carrie's first reaction was "that's disgusting" ... and Carrie denied it was her. Prejean later claimed that she was 17 when the sex tapes was made, and so was “too innocent”. We finally understood her earlier remarks at the Miss USA Pageant in Apr 2009, when she said “that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be”. Underage sex, sexual promiscuity is OK as long as it is straight for we can always blame gays for the demise of straight marriages. A faithful same sex relationship by 5% of the population, some over decades was considered infinitely more sinful by Christians and causing the nation to go over the line ordained by God, when 95% of the straight population can do whatever sexually or morally they like and be excused for it.
On 11 Nov 2009, on Larry King live, Carry Prejean refused to discuss the motive behind why she settled the lawsuit with Miss California USA apparently to avoid answering to her alleged solo sex tape. Larry replied "Inappropriate King Live continues" and then took a phone call from a gay man asking about advise on gay marriage by which time Carrie had already starting unplugging her ear phones and sat quietly at the interview with a fake smile or grin. Prejean had earlier told Fox News on 09 Nov and NBC's "Today" show on 10 Nov that she shot the X-rated video of herself alone when she was 17 for private use only and sent it to a boyfriend. It was later reported at TMZ.com, in an audio interview with her ex-boyfriend that Carrie sent her the video in 2007 amongst the many sexually explicit videos and said the particular video in question was when Prejean was 20, and not so innocent.
How much conservative Christianity has fallen, from the bible concept where women were expected to be fully clothed, even the head covered, and not to speak in public, to be represented by a semi-nude women. The Miss USA Pageant reminded me of the idol worship of fertility Gods so prevalent in Ancient Israel of Baal, and Ashtoreth, in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, the worship of the goddess, Aphrodite in Corinth. There were parades of naked women seducing the 95% straight men of the nations. Alas, we don't see our own sins much.
The bible assumes that it is talking to local people who knew what was happening not Singaporeans two thousands years later, so that they need not give a detailed background. The biblical social and religious context here was that there were mass heterosexual sex orgies in the name of religious faith far more extensive than our Geylang in Singapore.Two thousand years later, we say that “As Christians, we know that bible says that homosexuality is sin”, when this has nothing to do whith being "Christian", and when heterosexuality was the main problem.
Our "Christian" interpretation are also highly biased and inconsistent. The churches have positional statements on homosexuality but not on divorce and prostitution, abortion, and idol worship even though they were the main issues. We interpret the bible to our own advantage and this will impact its credibility and core message. As the Gay community is small, we could blame them easily without any consequences.
The greatest lost is the Christian Faith. We are not respecting the bible and adding meaning to it. We are blaspheming the image of God in Christ, that He was somehow against gays and same sex relationships. In Mat 8:6, Jesus proclaimed how great a faith that the Roman centurion had even though it was about the healing of his gay boyfriend servant. In modern day Singapore, it would be like an older rich and powerful foreigner, bringing a younger gay escort to the church for healing? Did Jesus reject them? The Pharisees did not bring a gay man to test Jesus, but a female prostitute caught in adultery. If homosexuality was so pervasive and an obvious sin, surely they would dragged out a gay queen out of the closet.
How much conservative Christianity has fallen from being a persecuted minority, persecuted by the Jewish legalists themselves and then later by the Romans, to become the Pharisees that Jesus had strongly condemned. The Pharisees only see the sins in others, treating the smallest sin as big logs, even though they are vile sinners themselves. The Christian Conservatives accepted Prejean into their fold, because they were no different. The hypocrisy of the Pharisees corrupts the very foundation of Judaism, and today, the hypocrisy of the conservative and legalistic Christians corrupt the entire body of Christianity.
How much conservative Christianity has fallen, by siding with the Jewish Judaist against Paul rather than engaging in Grace. Without the Grace message, there would be no gentile church. In response to the argument that Paul was speaking to the Jewish Judaist in the book of Romans about law and grace and not about homosexuality, some even claimed that Paul being the Apostle to the Gentiles was speaking only to the non Jewish gentiles and was condemning homosexuality in the gentile world. This is not biblical as Paul first points of call was the Jewish synagogue in Acts 13:14-15, Acts 13:42, Acts 14:1, Acts 17:1, Acts 17:, Acts 18:4, Acts 18:26. Paul was hounded by the Jewish legalist who finally caught up with him Caesarea. Paul went to Rome not by his free will but because the Jews persecuted him (Acts 24:1-9, Acts 25:15). It was Paul demanding his right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar for judgment that got him on the journey to Rome.
Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles because he ministered outside of Jerusalem, outside of Judea. Rome had the largest contingent of Jewish community outside Jerusalem. He ministered mainly amongst the Jewish Diaspora to the known world especially when the Christian Jews were persecuted in Jerusalem and had to flee Judea. The apostles stayed behind in Jerusalem , until the very end before Jerusalem was finally ransacked by the Romans in AD70. The first Christians were Jewish, and the ministry to the gentiles occurred in the Jewish synagogues in Asia Minor and Rome where Jews begin to mix with Gentiles. The church in Antioch for example was a mixed church inclusive of Jews and Greek Hellenist believers and their differences was a cause of conflict in the early church (Acts 6:1). Even Peter when visiting Antioch dared not sit with the Hellenist Christians lest he offend the conservative Jewish Christians. Paul often preached to both a Jewish and non Jewish audience at the Jewish synagogues when he arrived at a city and a house church is usually spin off from this setting. One of Paul's greatest contribution to the church was the notion of an inclusive church centered upon Christ.
Paul was called an Apostle to the Gentiles not because he ministered only to non Gentiles, but because of his message that we are no longer under Jewish law but under Grace through Jesus Christ, hence giving gentiles a way into the Abrahamic Covenant in Christ. The council of Jerusalem in AD50 was a pivotal point in Christianity because the apostles in Jerusalem finally agreed with Paul and Barnabas after heated debates (Acts 15:2-4) that the burden of the law be no longer imposed upon the Gentiles. Ironically, the conservative Christians are like the Jewish Pharisees using the Law to come against gays when they should known much better, for under Law, as Gentiles we are sinners apart from the Kingdom of God. If Paul was alive today, he would have stood up against our law minded Christian leaders. To distort Paul’s message of Grace versus law, just to condemn gays perhaps we are no better than the condemned sinners which Paul was referring to. The church has to return to Grace, for we can't see God without grace.
Our modern Christianity appears less Christ centered but based on a deep sense of incurable self righteousness, religious pride, and persecution of the weak. We can now understand how frustrated Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, and perhaps there is no point talking with conservative Christians. They are like white tombs, appearing clean on the outside but inside, full of dead skeletons ie corruption and sin. This was best exemplified by Carrie Prejean who had breast implants for the outward purpose of being more valuable as a sex attraction, so than men can adore her body and be attracted sexually. That is worshiping self, the oldest sin in the bible. Breast implants are not mentioned in the bible as claimed by Prejean but so does the name "Carrie Prejean". They are all filed under religious self righteous hypocrites which Jesus hates the most. The centrality of the Gospel is not about sin, it is about Christ. True Christianity is about the matter of the heart, the purpose and the intentions rather than solely being judged on the actions.
Carrie Prejean lost the vote to become Miss America because of hate, bigotry, and self righteousness. Even though she justifies it in the name of Christianity, the truth will prevail, and her sins laid out in public for all to see and judged her. The church likewise has judged the gay community and will be exposed, because the OT Law exposes sin whlist the NT grace covers it. Which side would you rather be? a Christian based on the Jewish Law, or a Christian based on God's unending Grace, and Mercy. We can't preach grace whilsts condeming gays for the Old Wine Skin can never support the new Wine, the move of God which started 2000 years ago to the Jews, later to include the Gentiles and this last days, the tent gets bigger to include the Gay tribe, the last people group on earth.