Kirsten Powers, a regular Fox News contributor who had worked under the Clinton administration from 1992 to 1998 as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs, wrote a first person account of her conversion to Christianity, in the magazine Christianity Today.
Powers grew up in Alaska with her parents, who were archaeologists. She always had her doubts about religion, even as her parents took her to their Episcopal Church. She recounts how she would shake those doubts by leaning on the faith of her father, but when her father revealed to her that he also had doubts about virgin births and zombie saviors (digging up dinosaur bones will do that to a man), she rushed towards a far more dangerous religious cult, the Democratic Party.
After college I worked as an appointee in the Clinton administration from 1992 to 1998. The White House surrounded me with intellectual people who, if they had any deep faith in God, never expressed it. Later, when I moved to New York, where I worked in Democratic politics, my world became aggressively secular. Everyone I knew was politically left-leaning, and my group of friends was overwhelmingly atheist.
Kirsten says she had only one dealbreaker in her dating world “Just nobody who is religious.”. So when her boyfriend called her up one day to ask “Do you believe Jesus is your Savior?” she says her stomach sank. She started to panic, “Oh no, was my first thought. He’s crazy.” she wrote…
When I answered no, he asked, “Do you think you could ever believe it?” He explained that he was at a point in life when he wanted to get married and felt that I could be that person, but he couldn’t marry a non-Christian. I said I didn’t want to mislead him—that I would never believe in Jesus.
Then he said the magic words for a liberal: “Do you think you could keep an open mind about it?” Well, of course. “I’m very open-minded!” Even though I wasn’t at all. I derided Christians as anti-intellectual bigots who were too weak to face the reality that there is no rhyme or reason to the world. I had found this man’s church attendance an oddity to overlook, not a point in his favor.
The man took her to his church, an auditorium with a band playing. She says she was fascinated by the words of the preacher, even though she thought the whole Jesus thing ruined an otherwise interesting lecture. She kept coming back for more, reading the bible, and praying with her boyfriend (who must have had a gigantic cock) for Jesus to reveal himself to her. After 8 weeks she “concluded that the weight of evidence was on the side of Christianity” but still was sure that people who claimed to hear from God or talk to their deity were lying or delusional.
Whether Powers herself is lying or delusional is up for debate, but it was shortly after this that she claims Jesus revealed himself to her.
Then one night in 2006, on a trip to Taiwan, I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality. Jesus came to me and said, “Here I am.” It felt so real. I didn’t know what to make of it.
She claims to have called her boyfriend to tell him about the revelation. Before she could, he said that he had been praying, and god told him to break up with her. She was upset by the news, but she had a new boyfriend now, a two thousand year old dead guy from a fiction novel.
The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately. I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God. It was pointless. Everywhere I turned, there he was. Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me—whether I liked it or not.
I suppose the moral of the story is, liberals aren’t really atheists. Atheists tend to be into evidence and science and that sort of thing. Liberals, Christians, and other cultists tend to care little for these things, whatever lunatic idea makes them feel best that week, is the idea they will try to impose on everyone else by force…