by John E. Werhan
On Sunday evening, April 19, 2009 hate raised its ugly head. The evidence of bigotry and narrow mindedness became evident when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton gave Miss California Carrie Prejean a zero for her answer to the question he posed. Not only did he make sure she would not win the title Miss USA but he also attacked her on his blog.
Hilton made it obvious that her answer to his question cost Prejean the Miss USA crown. He stated, “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.”
Hilton, a homosexual and promoter of the homosexual agenda furthered his cause before a nationally televised audience by asking Carrie Prejean, “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
Miss Prejean told Fox news, “Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one: I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage. If I had any other question, I know I would have won.” Because of Prejean’s deep-seated belief in the Christian teachings concerning marriage, she gave an answer that was not pleasing to Hilton.
“I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite [-sex] marriage. And you know what? I think in my country, in my family, I think that a marriage should be between a man and a woman – no offense to anybody out there — but that’s how I was raised and … I think that it should be between a man and a woman.”
The audience seemed to like her answer and the applause was louder than the boos. Yet, Hilton made sure that she did not win. Hilton even stated that if she had won, “I would have gone on stage, snatched that tiara off her head and run out the door.”
As one of the 12 television judges, Hilton’s score figured into deciding who won. Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show asked her if she wished she had given a more politically correct middle-of-the-road answer, which Hilton said she should have done.
Her answer to Lauer was, “That goes against what I stand for, and when I’m asked a specific question, I’m gong to give a specific answer. I’m not going to stand in the middle.” “It’s not about being politically correct. For me, it was being biblically correct.”
We should remember the words of Jesus:
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
It is sad that people who reject biblical teachings have a hatred for those who follow God’s truth. This hatred is verbal as well as physical attacks on those who openly stand for truth. I praise God for the courage of this young woman.
Our nation would not be struggling with these types of problems if Christians had this type of conviction. How easy it is to be politically correct and take the middle road when faced with people promoting sin.
It is less stressful to say nothing or do nothing and hope it will go away but it will not – sin is among us. Let us remember the words of Paul, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).
If we truly love those who are lost, we will lovingly help them find God’s truth even though we might face persecution. We must each stand up and proclaim God’s truth to a lost and dying world before it is too late.
John E. Werhan preaches for the Northeast church of Christ in Sentinel, OK