By Dan Andros (FaithWire)
Becket Cook was living every artist's dream.
Becket Cook, author of the new book A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption, was living every artist's dream. After breaking away from Dallas, Texas and moving to Hollywood, California, Becket launched what would become a prosperous career in show business.
After stints as a writer and doing a number of creative jobs behind the scenes, Becket eventually landed on doing set design. He partied and befriended many celebrities.
He was also strongly rooted in his sexual identity as a gay man and appreciated being in an area where his lifestyle wasn't given a second thought. Despite a career marked with wild success, mingling with the famous and powerful, and traveling the world — Becket would have bouts of lingering emptiness, that were odd considering he seemingly had it all.
"Christians, to me, were always the enemy," Becket told Faithwire's Dan Andros. "Because they believed that who I was, was wrong. I always felt like I could never be a part of that club. The longer I lived in L.A. the more God became not even a thought in my mind. By 2009, I was a practical atheist."
Little did he know, his entire world was about to be turned upside down. While grabbing coffee with a gay friend at a trendy coffee shop, Becket noticed something.
"We saw this man walk out on the patio with a big, hardcover book in his hand. On the spine, it said 'Romans' and we kind of looked at each other like 'what the heck?'" It stood out because, Becket had never seen a Bible out in public in L.A. before. And before their very eyes were not one, but an entire group of people at the shop all reading their Bibles. To Becket, it was like seeing Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.
Intrigued, and also wanting to engage in a bit of 'trollery', they approached these Christians and started asking questions.
"Are you guys, like Christians? So, like, what do you believe?" These Christians were more than happy to answer this line of questioning. The conversation lingered on, and Becket's friend eventually gave up and left.
But Becket was drawn to the discussion. Eventually, they got to the big question: what did the Christians believe about homosexuality?
They were blunt and explained it was a sin. But instead of turning him off, the bold answer earned Becket's respect. "I appreciated their frankness," he said, as opposed to them trying to sugar coat the truth. "They invited me to their church and I said I'd think about it. Sure enough, I found myself the following Sunday driving to this evangelical church. I had never been to one in my life, I didn't even know what it was."
Once he was there, initially nervous, he soon became fascinated and even enthralled. "I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat during the sermon. I didn't want him to leave, I wanted to hear more," he says.
When the sermon finally did end, he approached the pastor. "Hey, I don't know what I believe but I'm here. The pastor prayed for me and it was a super intense, powerful, loving prayer. I was like, how does this stranger love me so much?"
"I was processing everything and all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit [invisible presence of God] floods my body my mind, everything and God just reveals Himself to me. It was like the road to Damascus moment in the New Testament book of Acts. God's like 'I'm real. Jesus is my Son. He's real. Heaven's real, hell is real. You are now adopted into my Kingdom. You are my child now.' And I was so blown away I couldn't stop crying for the rest of the time. I was crying because of two things: the joy of meeting God, and my sin. It was my most intense cry since I was an infant."
Later that day, after arriving home, Becket says he was overwhelmed with God's presence one more time. "I knew that my life as a gay man was over. I knew that's not who I was."•
This article originally appeared on Faithwire.com