Why I Started Writing CLEvangelism
I started writing CLEvangelism to promote some of the preaching I’ve heard on Cleveland AM radio station WCCD since I became a Christian in 2014, but this blog/memoir easily could have been called “The Reluctant Christian” because I never intended to become one. I’ve always believed in God, but who wants to be called a Bible thumper, holy roller, or religious nut? And after growing up with a father who attended church every Sunday and sang in the choir but beat and berated my mom every day for 15 years until she fled to a shelter with my diabetic, epileptic, and mentally handicapped brother, I wasn’t God’s biggest fan. But my violent upbringing is partly what led me to him. As Dr. Darrell Scott said during one sermon, “You didn’t get saved because you wanted to get saved. The lord let so much hell in your life you said, ‘God, I surrender.'”
What CLEvangelism Is About
CLEvangelism is a tell-it-like-it-is memoir about:
- My father’s greatest hits—i.e., the choking incident and other memories that come to mind when I think of him
- Interference in my parents’ marriage, courtesy of the devil and my father’s best friend(s)
- A discourse about the TV show “The Affair” and commitment
- Some lessons my parents’ marriage taught me
- A conversation with my father
- How my parents’ marriage ended
- Bishop Noel Jones’ thoughts about control freaks, jealousy, and selfishness
- How domestic violence affected me, from sound sensitivity and eating disorders to low self-esteem and loneliness, unhealthy relationships, and codependent relationships
I will also be writing about health problems, including cancer scares and suicide since my mom, her mom, and my father’s sister killed themselves.
Why Christians May Not Like CLEvangelism
Since CLEvangelism is a tell-it-like-it-is memoir, you’ll encounter swearing, violence, sex, and, once I reach the part about me feeling like Joseph, Job, and Jonah all rolled into one, my thoughts about God, which are not going to be, “Oh, how I love and praise him.” I understand that Christians are supposed to guard their eyes and ears, so if swearing, violence, sex, and honest feelings affect you, this is not a blog you should read.