Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Controversy is swirling around former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino upon the release of two of her most recent tweets speaking negatively about homosexuality and the legalization of weed. She states:
“I am a Christian first…person second. I believe in the Bible and have to use my spirit of discernment. Gay is a sin. Sin is a disease.”
“I RISE ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT, The church House…Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! Im not doing Nothing for you…My Life!!!!”
Fans turned critics, along with those who were always her critic, are lashing out at her saying she has no right to talk about sins when she was publicly caught up in fornication. Others bring up the fact that she had a child out of wedlock. All of this brings to the surface at least two thought-provoking issues still being debated and hashed out among Christians to this very minute.
1.) Is homosexuality Biblically right or wrong?
2.) Is smoking weed Biblically right or wrong?
The recent release of the Queen James Bible which removes all references to homosexuality as sin answers the first question. As the for the second, one must ask him or herself if curing seizures or other physical maladies with medical marijuana is a sin. A number of prescription medications used by Christians are often abused, especially by youths, and used to attain highs. Are those Biblically wrong as well?
Those things aside, the greater question at hand is this:
3.) Was Barrino wrong for not only standing by but publicly voicing the values of her Christian faith?
The answer is no. Everyone stands by their beliefs. If she believes that homosexuality and smoking weed are wrong according to Christianity, she has the absolute right as an American citizen to say so — just as much right as the persons who proclaim that homosexuality and smoking weed is perfectly admissible. Now, is it interesting to some that she was involved in extramarital sin and decides to “lecture” on sin? Probably. However, think of the smoker who tells his or her children not to smoke. Is it wrong to want better for another? Furthermore, just because a person commits a sin by telling a lie, does it mean that because they are guilty of sin they should do nothing to stop someone from, say, stealing? One committing sin does not mean that they condone it or are proud of their shortcomings.
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