Okay, so I’ve never told anyone this because I’ve always felt confused and ashamed about it. I tried to put it out of my mind. But recently this guy hit me up, and it brought back the memory.
A few years ago, I was leaving a campout in a different state, and a guy offered me a ride that would get me home. (In the culture of the place, ridesharing is quite normal. I’ve done it many times and never had a problem.) We got on the highway, and the guy suddenly started talking about Jesus. Before I knew it, he was demanding I pray to Jesus to save me for a month. I refused several times, but he wouldn’t leave it alone, and I started to get worried. I was a young woman alone in a car with this guy, far from home. He was the only way I had of getting home. I didn’t know him very well, so I didn’t know what he might do if I didn’t tell him what he wanted to hear.
So eventually, I caved. I promised to pray to Jesus for my salvation for a month. He dropped me off. I felt really gross about it. But I apparently have a weird duty to keeping promises, so I DID pray to Jesus for a month. I just said the words and didn’t take them seriously, but they still made me feel gross. After the month ended (Jesus was apparently busy), I put the whole thing out of my mind.
Now this guy messages me — he’s saying something about how COVID-19 is a conspiracy invented by Bill Gates for something. For some reason, all those memories came flooding back. I don’t know how to process them. I tried Googling “pressured into conversion” but couldn’t find anything aside from ancient and medieval history. So … What do you all think?