I found myself wondering today if I were in the running for a job or award, even if it were the top two, would I compromise what I believe to win?
This is the exact circumstance that Ms. Carrie Prejean found herself in at the Miss USA pageant. Asked a politically charged hot button question by “celebrity blogger” and judge Perez Hilton, Miss Prejean said what she believed…and it may have cost her the title of Miss USA.
The question posed by Mr. Hilton was, ““Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
The answer from the contestant was unpopular and seen as divisive; “…I think that I believe 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 that’s how I think it should be — between a man and a woman.”
The judge was upset by the contestants answer, saying she should have kept her politics out of it (even though he asked the question) and been more “politically savvy.”
Ms. Prejean had no regrets though…,“I was true to myself, and I know now I can go out and speak to young people about standing up for what you believe in and never compromising anything, for anyone or anything, even if it is the crown of Miss USA.”
Here is my question to us…
What would we say with the bright lights, the opportunity, and the question about something that we feel is truth? What would we do if we were called on the witness stand? Would we stand and state what we know to be right, or would we follow the advice of Mr. Hilton and divorce ourselves from our true selves?
Today as you read this, ask yourself, do I have the courage to live and state what I believe?