If you are like me, you have seen the big billboards or the people in the t-shirts advertising this website, iamsecond.com, and thought, I should check it out sometime, but never have. Most of the billboards are athletes, like Colt McCoy. No offense to Colt, but I have heard his story in the media time and again, so I never get motivated enough to check out the website. I even have friends who are involved with iamsecond, I knew what the purpose was, but somehow I still managed to avoid the website.
Today was the first time I was intrigued enough to actually open my web browser, type in the address and watch one of the videos. A tennis tournament was on in the background at my sister’s house as we were getting our Easter feast together. In the commercial break I happened to glance at the TV when Anne Rice appeared, and then below her was the web address I have seen so often, iamsecond.com. I had heard that Anne Rice had become a believer in the last few years, but I did not really know her story. A well known author of a vampire novels and known atheist becomes a believer. Thats a story that I want to hear.
I found her story to be compelling and relatable. I know, especially in the academic world, that faith and education seem to be in contrast. Her analysis of her own books and how they relate to her story was so interesting. I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her, she seems wise.
As someone who often struggles with faith, theology, and how it all works in the world, I took some of what Rice said to heart.
“I surrendered the theological and sociological questions. I surrendered the doubts. Imperfectly and contrite, I went back.”
“I think it’s a mistake to ask of yourself to always emotionally understand, I think there are moments that you don’t, but once you’ve embraced God and embraced Christ on the cross, your surrender is total.”
So if you, like me, were hesitant to check out the website, thinking it would be a bunch of sports starts eager to project a positive, Christian-role-model, image, I promise there are some more interesting stories hiding there. It might be worth your while to check them out. Maybe you will find yourself challenged in your believe as you listen to how other people have come to have faith in Christ.