Rosaria Butterfield reminds us that love and boldness are crucial and inseparable as we engage the culture with the hard truths of Scripture.
Rosaria Butterfield is a wife and mother, a lover of God and of people, and a former lesbian activist. In the 1990s she was a tenured post-modern professor at a prominent university. She was deeply immersed in the homosexual community. She even authored an academic article on the morality of gay and lesbian lives.
In 1999, God changed everything. After a series of events and the consistent love of faithful Christians, she got out of the bed she shared with her lesbian lover and went to church. Two months later, God called her to himself. She believed the gospel. In 2012, she became widely known for her autobiography The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.
Rosaria and I spoke for nearly two hours recently, touching on all kinds of topics and questions close to her mind and heart. One of them was the Christian’s voice in America today.
Since the advent of the Internet, everyone has a platform. Long gone are the days when large platforms were earned and reserved for scholars and experts. Whether the platform is a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or all of the above, people who would have historically been silenced or ignored are able to spread their ideas and opinions to a larger audience. Rosaria is not on social media, but she has a national audience and she’s had to learn how to steward it well.