By Roy Wenzl
The worst day of Monte Vines’ life, or so he thought, was Jan. 2, 2010, when his son Matthew told him he was gay.
Matthew, now 24, has told about that day at length, in a book published in April, “God and the Gay Christian.”
He wrote about how his Dad was an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita. How his Dad warned that Biblical verses forbade gay relationships. How his Dad urged therapy. And how he and his father agreed to jointly study the Bible, revered in the Vines household as a bedrock of their faith.
Other parents have found themselves facing a child coming out. That’s one reason Monte agreed to tell his side of things.
His other reason is to explain why he changed his mind.
And what that cost.