Hannah finally did it, you guys! Luke P. will no longer sour our sweet Monday nights. Though it was a long time coming, his goodbye was well worth the wait. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we were all cheering once Hannah denied Luke the opportunity to "pray over her." Come on, dude.
But that brings me to the point of this article—religion. We've seen two sides of religion on this show, represented by both Hannah and Luke. Though I am personally not religious, I respect all beliefs and think religion can be a beautiful thing, such as the way we've seen Hannah practice it. She's forgiving, loving and nonjudgemental.
However, people like Luke P. have a way of twisting it into something terribly ugly. The worst cases of using religion to justify hate are those who rebuke certain races and sexual orientations because of the Bible, and that is a whole separate issue that never ceases to horrify and disgust me. Luke hasn't gone that far, but his behavior on 'The Bachelorette' reveals how manipulative he is in the practice of his beliefs.
For Luke, God only allows for one lifestyle and judgment should be cast upon whoever conducts their lives differently. Though Hannah constantly looked past Luke's brutish and offensive behaviors, Luke claimed that he would not accept Hannah if she had used her body in a way he deemed inappropriate. (Let's not even talk about how quickly he backpedaled on those so-called principles when he realized he'd angered her).
But Hannah put an end to Luke's rant very quickly, and with that, the notion that Christianity has to be synonymous with modesty.
Yes, she's a devout Christian, and yes, she had sex in a windmill...twice.
I love this. It really shows that religion doesn't have to be something rigid and unchangeable. Religion can progress with today's society and being Christian doesn't mean you have to live by everything in the Bible word-for-word. I mean, we don't stone people for committing adultery anymore. We eat shellfish without worrying about being punished for it. We wear shirts made of more than one kind of material and don't see it as a sin. Why should women be condemned for premarital sex?
The confidence with which she said, "I have had sex, and Jesus still loves me" is really admirable. She remains religious while accepting the fact that times change. This also goes along with the idea that the world is not black and white. You can be pro-life and pro-choice, you can be Republican and hate Donald Trump, you can be an atheist and appreciate the lessons in the Bible...you get the point.
I honestly wasn't psyched about Hannah B. being The Bachelorette, but after watching this season, I'm glad it was her. I hope viewers have learned that people don't have to be confined to such strict categories. I also hope Luke P. figures out how to be a normal human.
Cheers to the next Monday night!