Carrie Prejean, Miss California in the Miss USA contest, was considered by many to be the front runner until one of the judges asked her about gay marriage. In answering the question, she stood her ground and said that she believed that marriage should be between a man and a women. And it cost her the crown.
In a later interview, she said that she reflected on the answer that ended her chance to be Miss USA. Asked how she felt, she replied
Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.
Here is a young woman who had worked hard and long toward her goal, and when the prize was within reach she was forced to choose between her beliefs and the crown. How many of us would have caved in under that kind of pressure?
In the aftermath there were of course some who publicly attacked her for her beliefs, but there was also an outpouring of support form those who were thankful to her for standing up. When asked if people had been trying to contact her, she said,
Yes, lots of phone calls. I’ve gotten over 500 facebook friend requests, hundreds of messages from people I don’t know, saying how proud of me they are that I stood my ground. That made me the real winner of the night.
We need more believers who are willing to stand up for their faith, and not cave in to pressure to be politically correct. Carrie Prejean, you are a winner!
Update: Today’s paper quotes her as saying “It’s not about being politically correct, for me; it’s about being biblically correct.” Meanwhile, she is being savagely attacked by Hollywood. We should keep her in our prayers.