It is highly unusual for a self-described “Progressive” and someone very visible in Liberal politics/media to come out of the closet as an “Evangelical Christian.” But, Kirsten Powers just did! She tells her story in Christianity Today and on Fox News today.
Kirsten describes her parents as intellectuals, professors, liberals; her friends as secular and atheist. She says liberalism was her religion. “It says a lot about the family in which I grew up that one of my most pressing concerns was that Christians would try to turn me into a Republican,” she says.
A boyfriend she respected, asked her one day, “Do you believe Jesus is your Savior?” “I started to panic,” she says. “Oh no, was my first thought. He’s crazy.”
Powers writes, “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.”
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