Rosaria Butterfield’s spiritual autobiography, Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, came out last fall, and has already gone through several printings. It has been so widely read not only because of Rosaria’s unusual story, but also because the book is a wake-up call to churches and individual Christians living in the west. Before her conversion, Rosaria functioned with a firm stereotype of what Christians were like, what they believed and how they lived. When that was shattered by a Reformed Presbyterian pastor, they were able to become friends; Rosaria could see Christ’s love in Christ’s people. She speaks more about that experience and her conversion in this new interview with Marvin Olasky:
Too often, we Christians function with firm stereotypes of unbelievers, especially gays, lesbians, and trans-gender people. We need our stereotypes and prejudices destroyed as much as Rosaria needed hers destroyed; if we don’t we will not be able to reach them with the gospel. The interview, as well as the book, is a serious challenge to churches to rethink their subculture and evangelism in a postmodern world.