Actress Meagan Good and her husband, DeVon Franklin, CEO of Franklin Entertainment, are out to spread their message about the power of celibacy and marriage, despite contrary opinions.
Valentine’s day saw the couple speaking about abstinence and love on a panel at the One Church, Los Angeles. During the course of the programme, one of the attendees criticized Meagan for her fashion Choices.
The woman said:
“This is not offensive, but I was at the grocery store and I looked at a newsstand and saw you, and you had your breasts showing. So, I wasn’t going to come here. But the Lord brought me here to see you. You are a beautiful young woman and your testimony is awesome. The Lord let me come and push past the judgment…this is real. Because you have to make sure what you say and what you do match up, you understand? So, we gon’ cover up right?”
Meagan appeared to be moved to tears by the woman’s statement but her husband jumped to her rescue. He defended Meagan’s wardrobe choices:
“Wait a minute. No! That is not what we’re here for…She’s not gonna cover up,” he said. “She is gonna wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus, amen.” Adding later that Good “has [always] been as Christian.
The video went viral and people couldn’t quite decide if her mode of dressing was appropriate “for a woman of God”. You can skip to the 52:32 mark to get the gist of the saga.
Now, Meagan Good has something to say to those who still have issues with her dressing in this interview with ESSENCE Magazine at the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood event.
“I did not grow up with what some may consider to be a more traditional perspective and mindset,” says Good who recalls growing up in the entertainment business and doing off-Broadway shows with drag queens at age 10. “I believe God allowed me and many others to have a liberal upbringing for His purpose. I opt to continue growing in my relationship with God, allowing Him to make my path clear. Versus confirming and fitting into anyone’s box of whom they think I should be.”
“The crazy thing is how backwards some of us can be…,” says Good. “Hubby and I are doing all we can to go out into the world with a God-given message in an area that many of us secretly struggle with, and some others have attempted to discredit a much needed cultural conversation and reduce it to a wardrobe choice… A choice that is and always will remain between me and God.”
Although Meagan kept quiet during that awkward moment at One Church, she says to the woman who stood up and criticized her that day:
“When my husband said that I’m going to ‘wear what I want to wear in the name of Jesus,’ he meant that it is between me and Jesus. While I don’t believe she had ill intent, I can’t believe God would tell someone to publicly humiliate another person. I believe if God told her to share something with me, He also would’ve given her the wisdom to do so and I don’t think her approach reflected that. But, nevertheless I have nothing but love for her. And for anyone who may disagree with me, I ask that they pray for me in love instead of slandering or attacking me. I believe that is the true essence of who God has called us all to be—lovers. I believe He can handle the rest.”
Read up on the full interview on ESSENCE Magazine
Photo Credit: Getty Images/ Gregg DeGuire