Christian Hypocrisy

Image via US Magazine

Image via US Magazine

It is difficult for me to fathom the blatant hypocrisy that Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean has engaged in recently.

As a sister in Christ, she has no business being in a beauty pageant to begin with, since the goal of these is to decide which of the oogle-able women is the most oogle-able (to borrow a phrase from Craig French). As I posted previously, beauty contests are nothing more than excuses for guys to stare at beautiful women, and that is specifically condemned by Jesus in Matthew 5:28. Carrie is creating a stumbling block for her brothers in Christ (condemned by Paul in Rom 14:13-23) by entering into such a beauty pageant in the first place.

But now we have another problem:

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. (1 Pet 3:3-6)

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. (1 Tim 2:8-9)

This call to modesty forbids what Carrie did just recently: she posed nude! I can’t believe that any self-professing Christian would think that it is okay to pose nude. Yet here we are.

The level of hypocrisy that this move demonstrates is unreal. These types of things just add more ammunition to the gun that atheists fire at us all the time: “Christians are nothing but hypocrites.” Moves like this that ignore God strengthen the atheist resolve that there is no God. “For if there was, Christians would obey him without question.” And here is a self-professed sister in Christ disobeying God openly.

Carrie, as a brother in Christ I call you to repent of your sins and to return to a more biblical lifestyle. As Paul pointed out in Romans 8:38-39, no sin is too big that it will separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Repent and God will forgive you.

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Posted on May 7, 2009, in Morality, Sin and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Ummm …

    I hope that this means she’s going away, soon. I keep hearing her discussed as an example of how Christians are persecuted, and it keeps leaving me thinking, “Huh?”

    This only makes it more so.

    I wonder what the group that has her out as a spokesmodel is going to do with this.

  2. It’s interesting to me watching this mess unfold… at first I was like “okay cool for sticking by your marriage answer…”, and then I thought wait a minute… how can you claim to be a Christian and be in a beauty pageant??? Something that focuses only on an outward appearance… and come to find out she had breast implants and posed nude??? Oh geez… now she and those of us who are believers have to go around doing damage control… besides the fact that she seriously needs to rethink what direction in which she is going… the rest of us are now caught up in her shame as well…

    HOWEVER… I must point out… that we our are brother’s keepers… and by that I also mean this:

    Are ANY of us innocent? I know I’m not. I know that many of the sins that I have committed are much worse than what Miss Prejean has been accused of doing. I am reminded of John 8:7… especially since it’s in regards to a woman accused of adultery… “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

    So instead of all of us creating and uproar and chastising this woman… let us uplift her. She fell. She made some obvious errors. Who of us has not? The bible says that all things done in darkness will be brought to the light. Her sin has been brought to light. And no doubt it has shamed her. It seems to me that many times sin is a punishment in itself… because when we sin and it is brought to the light we are forced to deal with its shame… and we are forced to deal with that separation from God.

    But this is just my opinion, based on scripture. And certainly there are many other aspects of this story that I have not addressed. Either way it is a mess. Sadly it has shown the absolute wickedness of nonbelievers, and the lack of understanding and education from those of us that do believe in God and Jesus. Obviously Miss Prejean has not been reading the Word… and neither has many of her believing critics.

  3. “It is difficult for me to fathom the blatant hypocrisy that Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean has engaged in recently.”

    But your Calvinist position forces you to believe that God made her do it, so you’re also being a hypocrite by saying you find it unfathomable. What I might find unfathonable is that after saying that she “is creating a stumbling block for her brothers in Christ” you would post a picture from the pageant, but I’ve learned not to expect Calvinists to be consistent–they simply can’t do it.

    • I posted a picture of her in respectable clothing. Google her name and see some of my other choices, even with strict SafeSearch on.

      I’m not even responding to this crap again. You know that I believe in free will and human responsibility. You are becoming a tiresome troll.

  4. “I posted a picture of her in respectable clothing. Google her name and see some of my other choices, even with strict SafeSearch on.”

    Now you are suggesting for me to do something that might put a stumbling block in my way? Well, at least you aren’t trying to force me to by internal compulsion like that so-called god of yours does according to you.

  5. Wow. I don’t know what Rey’s alternative theology is, but judging by the fruit it bears, I’ll have none of that, thank you.

    • If making fun of asinine false doctrines is a bad fruit then I guess Christ must be the worst sinner of all in your estimation.

      (Matthew 23:16-22) Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! {17} Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? {18} And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. {19} Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? {20} Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. {21} And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. {22} And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

      “Oh no….He called them fools! Such BAD FRUIT! I’ll have non of the Son of God’s doctrine” saith the moron following Paul Scott Pruett’s theological methodology.

      • But first you have to prove that Calvinism is a bad doctrine, which you haven’t done yet!

        You, on the other hand, subscribe to proven theological errors, such as open theism, thinking that Paul is not an apostle, and rejecting the inerrancy of Scripture. All you do is whine and rant without making an actual point. I’d love it if you could prove Calvinism wrong. It’s not that I like Calvinism, it is just the soundest doctrine that I’ve come across. It echoes sentiments I have from reading Scripture, like predestination–which is plainly taught whether you think it is or not.

        But it occurs to me that God never asked me for my input, nor would he. He is the sovereign Lord, and free to create the type of universe that glorifies him. He has done it in such a way that offends many people’s sensibilities with “nonsense” like predestination and his eternal decree. You don’t have to like these things, but you should submit to them instead of making lame excuses like “Paul was a murderer so I won’t follow anything that he writes” so you can ignore things that make you uncomfortable.

        In short, prove a point instead of just ranting. You have your own blog for ranting.

      • Rey,

        My comment did not relate to your attitude alone, but to your evidently poor reasoning skills as well. Bravo for wishing to stand up for the truths of God (assuming you are on target with that), but I’m afraid I haven’t run across the verses that suggest we must do so in a snide, trollish fashion.

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