Left Behind–no not the widely successful yet poorly written Christian book series designed to frighten people into the Kingdom of Heaven. No the Left Behind Folks become collateral damage in the wake of a failed ex-gay life. Christine Bakke writes about a current story about a man who found Jesus and freedom from his homosexuality on Highway 35.
The man, James, recently shared his story on Pat Robertson’s Christian TV program. Several questions came up for Christine after she read James’ story.
It made me so sad to read parts of that. I mean, I’m happy that he feels like he’s in a better place. But in the interview he gave for the CBN piece, he talks casually about being headed to meet his fiance (when he had his God encounter), but he doesn’t mention anything about that situation now.
These left behind ones many times end up also being ex-gay survivors. All I’ll say about James’ story is that so many of us have had huge emotional rides where we rode a wave of enthusiasm and thought we’d gotten “the cure” only to end up flat on our faces several weeks or months down the road (it’s been less than three months for him since this encounter). But what about the fiance? What about the family?
You can read the rest of Christine’s post and see some original art she did inspired by the story here.