I’m a big fan of Sarah Pulliam Bailey and I think she did a great job interviewing Carrie Prejean. I’m just not sure whether Billy Graham (at least the 1959-vintage Billy) would think she did a great job interviewing Carrie Prejean.
But confessionals have always been a big, big deal in the evangelical subculture. A few of the favorites:
1.) A once-famous actor (or singer) who sinned A LOT in Hollywood or on Broadway or while touring with a heavy metal band — WOOO HOOO! Now, they’re washed-up, but saved and sanctified and planning a comeback. Their motto: “Thank you, Pat, for inviting me on the 700 Club.”
2.) A criminal you’ve never heard of. Typically, this former low-life will have a minor arrest record, but major (unverifiable) stories about what it was like to be a leading organized crime leader and the horrors of life behind bars. Their motto: “I was the Sicilian mafia’s crime boss in Fresno.”
3.) A former beauty pageant contestant. Their message –they had rhinestone tiaras and skimpy swimsuits and high-heeled shoes but they never had true happiness til they found Jesus. Their motto: “Thank you for drinking Florida orange juice.”