Are bikinis, boob jobs & pageants un-Christian?
Posted by Frith on 5/4/2009, 12:20 am
There was an interesting discussion on FNC this evening between the feminist liberals and Ann Coulter and her right-wing apologists about what is hypocritical and what is not.
The issue began with the matter of Miss California/USA, the Christian gal who failed to win, she says, because of her stance against gay marriage. The lead feminist on the panel (Kirsten Powers I believe) was trying to say that Miss California was being hypocritical for having had a boob job, parading around in a skimpy two-piece, and even participating in beauty pageants to begin with, while publicly flaunting her Christian values.
Time to weigh in here. For the first time in history, I openly sided with Ann Coulter on something when she argued that there was nothing inherently un-Christian about pagaents and such (Of course, a disclaimer is in order here. We all know Ann and her agenda quite well. Had Miss California been a liberal, the poor thing would have been hung out to dry as the most hypocritical fornicator of the modern age and would have merited at least a chapter in Ann's next book.).
I happen to be Christian myself and pretty serious about it, and I have supported Miss California all the way. I think she has a valid view on the gay marriage thing and did a good job of articulating it. I also think she was unfairly blind-sided by that particular questioner. But, while I subscribe to a fairly traditional value system myself, and try to live by strict rules of behavior, I also support her desire to wear a bikini in a beauty pageant and get herself surgically enhanced if she wants to. It may not be the ideal thing to do with one's life, but it doesn't automatically render one an incorrigible sinner either.
As general rule, I have no problem with people having fun with secular things -- including their physical attributes and desires. I don't think you have to cover yourself in black from head to toe and be forever chaste to be Christian. I would say to anyone: Have fun in life and be sexy. Just do it sensibly. (1) Don't obsess with it. (2) Don't endanger yourself or others, or offend people around you. And (3) be moderate about it; that is, make a concerted effort to give equal time to the quiet meditative, spiritual (or religious) aspects of life.
I don't believe Jesus, were he with us in person today, would be a prude. I think he would actually be fairly liberal, in fact...up to a point.