Somewhere along the line, the public has gotten the wrong impression of a Christian. It seems to go something like “don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t chew, don’t run with girls that do” or an equally glib refrain for women. So when photos of Carrie Prejean as a barely clothed older teen surfaced recently, the Christian Thumpers were quick to get out their gavels and pronounce judgement on this apparent hypocrite and sinner who dares to speak against gay marriage.
It is part of human nature to be defensive and it can be expected and understood that those who have been shown to be in the wrong will point their bony fingers back at the accuser and claim hypocrisy. The only problem is that it is NOT Carrie Prejean or this blogger who says they are wrong. If we say it is wrong, we are only stating our understanding of the Bible. We are speaking on behalf of one who is blameless and innocent of any wrongdoing. Short of that, there is no-one on Earth who can claim perfection. Perhaps the thing many have missed is that Ms Prejean never claimed to be perfect.
What she claims is to be a Christian. A Christian is not perfect. No. A Christian is someone who realizes that he or she HAS SINNED (as we all have whether we admit it or not) and has done something about it. We can’t do anything about it on our own—the solution is only through Jesus.
And sorry to disappoint you, but it doesn’t mean we’ll live perfect lives from that point forward either. We will still mess up. It might be intentional or unintentional, but it is somewhat inevitable that we will. The difference? We hold ourselves accountable to the One who IS perfect because we know we are not. The world? Lives to satisfy its own interests and desires, calling anything OK and having no sense of absolute right or wrong until it happens to them—and even then not always knowing the difference.
Carrie Prejean will certainly be attacked by more God-less people in her life. Thankfully, she has the strength of her convictions and the peace that comes with her faith to withstand the attacks. And she has the prayerful support of other Christians.
When Jesus addressed the crowd that had gathered to stone the woman caught in adultery, he challenged the one who had no sin at all to throw the first stone. There was no-one there who was sinless except for Him. Each person dropped their rocks and stones and went away.
I am not suggesting that Carrie was caught in any act. It is a photo or a set of photos taken years ago in her capacity as a model. Still, if you think she did something wrong and if you can honestly say you have never done anything wrong, then you have the right to condemn her. If not, and we know you can’t say that, then be quiet.