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TOO HOT FOR CHRISTIANITY? Meagan Good's Burlesque Dance, Tia Mowry's Steamy VIBE VIXEN Cover

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Soon-to-be preacher’s wife, Meagan Good’s choice to put on a tawdry burlesque performance for her bachelorette party at Las Vegas's Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon inside Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood over the weekend, ruffled some feathers. Even Christian actress Tia Mowry’s cleavage-baring cover of Vibe Vixen raised eyebrows.

Good, who donned a plunging neckline on the cover of Vibe Vixen in February, maintains that her sexy public image is just that, an image or illusion. Inwardly, she says, she is sold out for Jesus.

But is dressing up like a temptress in conflict with biblical definitions of modesty and virtue, or are some more conservative Christians just a little too uptight?

“Considering she's marrying a preacher, one may think it would be a tamed down affair,” said People Magazine of Good’s burlesque performance, inclusive of a pole dance, at her bachelorette party. She was joined by 20 of her friends and future Mother-In-Law for the “Act Like a Pussycat Doll, Think Like a Man” themed show and says she isn’t too worried about outside opinions.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with being sexy or cheeky or funny," Good told People. "I don't know how some church folk are going to be, but at the end of the day it's between me and God and my husband."

According to an interview in the Las Vegas Sun, her preacher man beau wasn’t quite comfortable with her choice, though he conceded.

“He is not ecstatic about it,” confessed Good, “but it’s a bachelorette party. It’s the last time before I’m a married woman, and he understands that. He wants me to have fun and be happy and do the things that I want to do on my bucket list and not let people’s opinions of what I should and shouldn’t be doing control how we live our lives.”

Being a seductive pussycat doll and flaunting quite a bit of décolletage, while showing off her sexy moves was, according to Meagan Good, all in "good fun." But she maintains that her naughty girl image has nothing to do with her pure heart toward God.

“I’ve always been very spiritual,” Good said in response to the Vegas Sun reporter who asked whether she thought it odd for a Hollywood actress to marry a preacher. “I love God with all my heart. I think sometimes people get a little confused because of characters that I’ve played…”

He burlesque performance, like some of her naughtier Hollywood movie roles, have a segment of the public fully convinced that, no matter what she says, that's who she is in real life.

Christian actress Tia Mowry, however, who recently announced her departure from BET's hit dramedy "The Game," is viewed as more of the good girl type, which is why her daring, cleavage baring Vibe Vixen cover came as a bit of an unwelcome surprise to some fans.

"There is no support in the Bible for immodesty and glorification of the flesh," wrote NY teacher Shirlene Mitchell. "Tia Mowry’s Vibe Vixen cover has rubbed me the wrong way. I have always supported Tia and Tamera since their Sister-Sister days and I was very shocked and disappointed when I saw the sexed up Vibe cover. Those girls are better than that.”

25-year-old LaKeisha Tate from Atlanta, GA, who wrote in about Meagan Good's burlesque performance, shared a slightly different perspective with EEW. “These actresses are just doing what they do in Hollywood,” she said. “The culture is different and their mindset is not the same as a person who grew up outside the spotlight in a traditional church setting. There are a different set of rules.”

What do you think?

Is a sexy image "too hot for Christianity," or is it just a part of the nature of the business for women in the film and entertainment industry--Christian or not?

TEll EEW Magazine.

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Reader Comments (35)

I know Meagan Good didn't grow up in the church and I wish her well in everything but as future preacher's wife, she needs to evolve. This is not okay nor is it cute so stop it!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariah

I think Meagan and DeVon could run into trouble in the future because they don't see eye to eye. She can't just have her fun and her own agenda on her mind. What about souls and being a representative for God. What about that? We are so self-centered as Christians and it's really disgusting!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterValorie

I say leave the girl alone. She is growing in her faith so please let's not kill her off before she gets stronger in the Lord.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPerry

I adore both Tia and Tamera! They are so cute and sweet. I think it's the industry that gets a lot of these ladies to compromise. I don't think she is a bad person or Meagan Good either. I agree that the industry is just a different world.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAvery

There's no excuse and no biblical support for this. Sorry.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvette

I try to stay diplomatic about these things because to be truthful we don't know what's in their heart or the circumstances surrounding everything. Our salvation is not based on works or being perfect. Let these ladies live and you work out your own souls salvation!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommy Brown

How can you be parading around dressed up lie a WHORE in the name of God? This is filthy and wrong. God is not pleased and his people have lost their way. It's a lot of people saying LORD LORD that will not enter the Kingdom. They are a shame before God.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaulette

I echo Perry's comment; due to their celebrity, those celebs who are new to the faith have their lives on display for the "saints" to scrutinize instead of the "saints" using that energy to PRAY for them. Such as ye suppose but y/our lives weren't on public display. With that said, please refer to Philippians 2:12: (emphasis on YOUR OWN SALVATION).

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (KJV)

Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, [a]with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). (Amplified)

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (NLT)

My Christian friends, you have obeyed me when I was with you. You have obeyed even more when I have been away. You must keep on working to show you have been saved from the punishment of sin. Be afraid that you may not please God. (NLV)

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTreasure

Christians can be so judgmental Meagan. You have the right attitude. Let things be between you, God and your husband. If the three of you agree, then that settles it. Let's stop bashing people and start praying for them! And we wonder why nobody wants to come to our legalistic storefront churches with three members in them.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

So what if she like to dress a lil devilish sometime its not up to us to worry about her life. What yall sayin if she was some rappers wife it would be cool huh?. I say Wat I feel forget the media Outlook. Not sayin this to be a fan sayin this to keep it real. How u dress don't get u in to heaven.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbilly smith

If that man was a true christian pastor her would not be marrying her.
If she wants to call herself a Christian then should expect to be held to that title. There is a way a christian woman should and shouldn't conduct herself every role she plays she's making out with the guy if she gained weight her whole career would be over because her body is the only reason she gets roles and she knows it.

She has huge insecurity issues if she equates being half or completely naked with being sexy NO woman needs to show skin to be sexy and there was no reason for her to do a burlesque dance.If THAT is being sexy to her then she can do that for her HUSBAND.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermeme

People are so quick to judge. Who ever said Christians must live dull, dreary lives? "Let the man with no sin cast the first stone." Sort out your own standing with God and let Miss Good do the same.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMnikelo

These are grown women in their THIRTIES. Meagan's relationship with God is just that: hers. Her bachelorette party at the Pussycat Dolls isn't going to automatically keep her OUT of Heaven, just like someone else's bachelorette party at the church fellowship hall will not automatically get them INTO Heaven.

Tia is married with a child. Sex it not a sin. Showing cleavage is NOT going to keep her out of Heaven and it is not going to make Tia lose her salvation. I am so thankful that God is who He is, and that His love and all of our salvation is dependent on each of our individual relationships with Him, and not on man's narrow definitions of "do" and "don't do".

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Im not going to lie, the whole Meagan Good thing left me feeling uneasy, as a young christian its all a bit conflicting. I do think women married/ engaged to ministers have a responsibility to uphold their partner's work. Your personal kind of takes a back side for the greater work of the kingdom. Though confused, it doesnt shake my faith, it just makes me look at her different, "maybe she isnt where i thought she was in Chirst" all you can do is pray for these things. I does really make me sad though, regardless of personal opinion, i really dont believe Christ died for us to be caught up in our own mindset. We are supposed to be renewing our mind with Christ, to me being soul out for Christ is saying that all is for His Glory, everything is to give Him praise and spread His agenda, not our own.

I also think its a culture think, I live in the UK, over there Black christian seem to be a bit full of their own self importance in my opinion. It all seems to be about money and self. I may be wrong and it might not be the majority there, but thats what I see.

Altogether I'm sad about how Good chose to celebrate at her party, but i can be mad, it wasnt as if she planned to Glorify God in what she was doing, He wasnt apart of her plans, she was! I think thats a problem for most of us, she just happen to want to publise it!

Sad times for the Kingdom, we all need to change how we approch everything we do, turning away from self and truly taking up our cross for the true love of Christ.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShin

Until we as Christians get beyond heaven and hell and what is or isn't going to send us into eternal damnation, we will keep living on the edge. If we live in a state of SELF-consciousness and not GOD-consciousness then our life's road map will be drawn by selfish ambitions and desires. Maturity in Christ is about not living for YOU, but examining your walk with God, your atrributes, your character, and making sure they all reflect HIM so others will want too follow Christ. Having a "bucket list" should not be the motivation. We are to be motivated by our love for Christ and desire to do his will. I know I might get slammed for being too deep or something but I think that we need to stop been so self-focused. That's the wrong mindset to have.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

@Carrie, your speaking excastly what i hoped i said (in a rush, so probably didnt articulate it well)

It all seems to be about self, and thats for most please, its such a shame how God is being representated, It does however make me want to try harder to please God.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShin

Beloved,

Words mean so much to our Father. They symbolize and memorialize our character, as well as the mark we leave in the earth and bear in the spiritual realm. That being said, I'm led to share the meaning of saint from a Hebraic (Father's language) perspective: Saint (Strong's H6918) kä·dōshe' meaning: sacred, set apart, holy, pure, clean, free from defilement of crimes, idolatry, and other unclean and profane things.

Let's dig deeper and start seeing as Father sees, saying what He says how He says, and defining how He defines. It's what He's called us to do/be.

Richly His . . .

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Pina

I think purity and modesty are very important to God. And image falls into that category. I don't think it has anything to do with cultural norms or anything. God's standard is timeless. Even if the world changes, his word does not change.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

Covering up is necessary for Christian women I think. We are not called to tempt others but to win them to Christ. All the focus on the flesh is distracting.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

Both Ms. Good and Ms. Mowry seem to be nice ladies. They are young and successful in their careers with healthy relationships and that is good to see. Even with all that though, there has to be a different standard for women of God to follow. We have to be careful not to look like the world and act like the word. We have to represent Christ all the way around. Many blessings to both ladies.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanda

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