Fundies, revivalists, and camp-meeting attendees still have this unfortunate tendency to brag about how terrible was the previous life they got saved from. You think that's a testimony? Well listen to this. It filters down into all evangelicals, where your "past" is referred to more artfully, but still with this competitive air. In the first weeks of my Jesus Freak days, Stew went on with great seriousness about how he had been involved with "white slavery" before he came to Jesus. Yeah. Hard rain's gonna fall, eh?
I keep hoping it will go away, but it clearly has some enduring appeal. Looking for completely unrelated information today, I ran across "Since coming to faith as a 16 year-old, heroin-shooting Jewish rock drummer..."
Reaching for every trump card, there, aren't ya, fella?