Skip to comments.Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior
Posted on 07/14/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT by Gamecock
She is a political analyst, blogger, columnist and commentator. She is a Democrat who regularly contributes to USA Today, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal among other publications. She formerly served under the Clinton administration from 1993-1998 and was appointed Deputy Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Public Affairs.
In an interview with Focus on the Family, she shares how she converted from atheism to Christianity. She said: I was not looking to be a Christian. The last thing in the world I wanted to be was a Christian. I had grown up as an Episcopalian, but not evangelical, born again, or any of those kinds of things. It was very high church, kind of mainline, protestant, episcopalian. I did believe in God, but it wasnt anywhere near what would come to happen to me later in life.
When I went away to college, whatever little faith I had, I lost. I ended up graduating from college. I worked in the Clinton administration. All my friends were secular liberals. At this point, I really got even more deeply into an incredibly secular world because now, all my friends were basically atheists, or if they had any kind of spirituality, they were very hostile towards religion, Christianity in particular. So, I really didnt have any interest in it.
I started dating someone who went to Tim Kellers church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. Out of curiosity, I went with him. But I told him upfront that I would never become a Christian; that its never going to happen. After about six or seven months, I began to think that the weight of history is more on the side of what [I was hearing at this church] than not. Tim Keller had made such a strong case, that I began to think its not even smart to reject this. It just doesnt seem like a good intellectual decision.
Really, it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome. I didnt like it. Obviously, I started having a lot of different experiences where I felt God was doing a lot of things in my life. Its kind of hard to describe, but I did have this moment where the scales just fell off of my eyes, where I was saying, this is just totally true, I dont even have any doubt. I dont really feel like I had any courage when I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasnt courageous; I didnt have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldnt avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have. There is nothing convenient about it in my life or in the world I live in. Its not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian. I live in a world where nobody is a believer. But God pursued me.
Her name is Kirsten Powers
Sounds like her "free will" was violated.
Thanks for posting this. I praise the Lord for violating my “free will.” Oh what grace!
In the last couple years I have worshiped at Redeemer about 8 times.
Always heard a clear presentation of the Gospel message. On one occasion they were baptizing about 8 people. It was truly fascinating to see a tremendous variety of people make a public profession. Former Buddhists, atheists, blacks, whites, Asians.....
Timeline? When was this?
She is either the last or the first in a group of Democrats who still remember what Principles are.
She is a good one to have around.
And I am glad she is.
Now she needs to denounce the Democrat party and her conversion is complete. I did not say she has to be a Republican now. That is no proof of a Christian life.
God’s grace and love are overwhelming.
She’s still a liberal. Statements like this...”Its not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian” show her true colors as a northern elitist.
I’m glad she found Christ but I’ve always found it impossible to understand how you can be a lib AND a Christian.
Wonder if she was pro-life before God crashed into her life?
I wondered where her change in attitude came from...
Thank you for posting that. It made my day.
But she’s still a Leftist?
“Now she needs to denounce the Democrat party and her conversion is complete.”
God can use her right where she is.
Give her time.
Babies have to crawl before they walk.
The Holy Spirit.
There is nothing like the grace of Jesus Christ. I will pray for Miss Powers. Jesus is working in her heart!
Indeed. That’s the only place it can come from.
I didn't take it that way. Living up North there are just not as many churches, as many Christians. I just spent a couple years up there (just outside NYC) and people stay home on Sunday morning. In our circle of acquaintances NO ONE went to church on Sunday, or discussed their faith.
Now that I am back in the South I as so happy to see so many churches and people so willing to openly talk about Jesus and God.
Tim Keller, the pastor mentioned above, said evangelism is easier in NYC. In the South many people will say they are Christians, even when they are not. It is such a cultural thing. Folks will say, "Oh yeah, of course I am a Christian." But they don't know the Gospel, they don't know God, they don't go to church, etc, etc. Up in NYC people are openly, aggressively atheist and at least you know what you are dealing with.
I have always liked Kirsten, I have always thought that was more to her than she knew herself, Praise God.
I understand that there are democrats that CALL themselves Christians. But for someone who talks about CHRIST and a definite conversion process, I just don't understand how they can look at todays demonrat party and identify with that. Maybe, possibly if they aren't very aware of politics and all their exposure is by ABCCBSNBSCNN, but she's an insider.
Eventually, her libtard “friends” will force her to choose between her faith or her former life . . . unless God works a miracle in their lives, too.
Nah. She eventually came to understand that that there is a certain inevitability. I for one, don't like inevitability and the resignation that one is powerless to stop it. I think that is what she is lamenting here, was that she was no longer able to resist the inevitable.
After dating Antony Weiner, and other godless filth, she has turned here life to god. Now we shall see how long she remains a democRAT.
In the South I know many unsaved people who would be too embarrassed to admit they aren’t Christians. And when they use the word Christian they mean bible-believing born-again Christian, not cultural Christian. It’s sad.
We need America to separate themselves from the evil in both parties. That is where the ground of unity exists. It is the parties that divide America. The parties have forgotten life and the Constitution.
Satan is strong in the Democrat party. Only Christ is strong enough to battle them today. It is better to show it is wrong to belong.
I have seen Kirsten Powers on TV. She is a typical air headed liberal. She takes whatever position that is politically correct.
This sounds like an attempt to please her boyfriend and an attempt to improve her likability. She sounds like someone in a very competitive profession who has little credibility and no following trying to attract attention and enhance her stature.
Being a sincere Christian is difficult, especially in today's world. You need to pray to God, forgo earthly pleasures, stand up for principles that are ridiculed and despised in today's world and give to others. But true faith and spirituality are far more rewarding than anything sacrificed.
I hope I am wrong. I hope her conversion is sincere. We shall see.
God bless her and I hope she continues to receive blessings in all she does. Once our Lord has touched your soul there is no turning back. Only He brings the love strength and comfort that gets us through every day of our lives in this fractured world.
Welcome sister in Christ!
She now is in the war for her soul. How can she be a Christian and a Democrat?
Pray for America to Wake Up
As Jesus said, "You didn't choose me, I chose you"
Wonderful post. I shared it with my sisters, one of which is wondering.
Welcome to the Fold.
Any church that does this whether they be Reformed, or Evangelical, are going to see great things happen.
Thanks for the positive uplifting thread.
She is one of the few liberal pundits that appears not to suffer from the poison punch. I don’t agree with her politics but she isn’t deranged like Colmes and that type. I guess that’s what the deranged are missing.
My cousin falls into this category. I see 2 things in his case. He doesn't read, or study Scripture. He thinks his "good works" earn him salvation.
Kirsten Powers conversion to Christianity is one as a phony
JM: As an orthodox Christian where do you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage?
KP: I view same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. As Ted Olson and David Boies have pointed out, the Supreme Court has affirmed 14 times that marriage is a fundamental right. I believe the government should provide same-sex marriage, and churches should be left to do what they believe is right. I am eternally frustrated by the way Christians conflate holy matrimony and civil marriage. While Christians are free to have their decisions influenced and directed by what the Bible says, they are not free to impose those views on other people, especially when they are constitutionally protected rights.
The argument that we are redefining marriage is specious. First of all, marriage has been redefined before. Marriage in the United States used to mean marriage between people of the same race. Second, civil marriage can mean all sorts of things. If a couple is married but decide they want to have an open marriage, for example, the state still recognizes them as married. Is that the definition of marriage that most people have? No. But it is a definition of marriage in the eyes of the state.
As you know, when Christians enter into holy matrimony in a church, it is an entirely different commitment than when two people enter into a civil marriage, affirmed by the state. Holy matrimony is a union with God. The Christian view of marriage is that it is supposed to reflect Jesus to the world. That is an entirely different definition than a civil marriage, which is what the state provides. I understand that people are concerned that churches will be forced to perform same-sex marriages, against their beliefs. I dont believe this will happen, but even if Christians are afraid that the government might overreach and persecute Christian churches, that is never a justification to infringe on other peoples constitutional rights. If you have a fear of potential discrimination by the government the answer is not to discriminate against another group.
She’s always been anti-Obama. Is she still pro-Hillary?
Completely disagree...She has a great evangelical opportunity to reach the mentally demented...
I love Tim Keller - just discovered his sermons online this year. Wonderful sermons - intelligent, funny, and most importantly, passionate about Christ.
Troubling, to be sure, given how recent the interview is. However, is it reasonable (or Biblical) to expect a new convert to instantaneously change their thinking in all areas, within seconds of their profession of faith in Christ, especially if they are not conversant in the Bible beforehand?
Some people just "pray the prayer" and then they (and others) expect God to automatically change their thinking, avoiding any heavy lifting for themselves. In my experience, God expects us to read His word, and submit to His commands, in order for our thinking to change. Give the lady time and see what comes of her profession of faith.
Wow. Has she changed political affiliations yet? Or is she like Zell Miller...Democrat but conservative...which is the rarest of breeds now?
Praise God for His mercy in moving Kirsten Power’s heart.
Seeing the success of Fox, she's looking to increase he cred among the Clingers.
My wife and I love the East Coast, especially New England. But, aside from cost of living with housing/taxes/liberals, it would be so weird to move to a place where the majority aren’t Christian, at least socially.
Here in Texas, a key point of conversation is what church you go to etc. Up there, I would get punched for asking that.
Powers is no doubt correct that where she is, it is a harder road to be a believer.