The Fear of God #1: To Be Jeremiah

I’d like to thank everyone who reached out to me over the past few weeks and offered words of encouragement regarding my journey as a minor-attracted person (MAP). Your responses have been uplifting, and I wanted to make sure that you knew just how much they meant to me. This is a complex and controversial issue, and I understand completely that sharing (or even liking) a post such as mine has the potential to change other people’s opinions of you.

I grappled with that fear myself as I prepared this series of essays. I have a life I like. I have friends and family that I enjoy spending time with. There was little doubt that publicly admitting to my struggles would change my life. It might even change the lives of those around me. It is a legitimate fear, but the question I had to answer was whether it should be a defining one.

This next series of essays is going to explore the fears associated with my coming out. One essay will look at other Christians’ concerns regarding that decision and what it reveals about my journey. Another will explore how we address the legitimate concerns my presence brings. Today, though, I start with my own fears.