At the recent Miss Universe 2011 question and answer round, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup was asked: Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person that you love? She said: "I would not… The first person that I love is my God. The person who loves me should love my God, too."
I'd say, that is one of the most if not the strongest statements I've heard from a woman for years. Not politically correct. The politically correct statement would have been the Twilight-type, I-would-do-anything-for-love kind of answer. Might have even cost her the crown too. But that's how you should stand by your principles.
This statement is inspiring not just for the teen agers who are willing to compromise their belief for the sake of love, but for all of us who encounter daily decisions — will I stand firm for my God, or will I compromise to gain the here-and-now?
In all aspects of life, we decide who should come first — our God, or our "god".
I would add, Ms. Supsup, that if the person you love doesn't love your God, maybe in the long run, it will not work at all.
Hey, she's 3rd runner up. Not bad!