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“Progressive” Kirsten Powers is a Jesus Follower?!

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.”

Kirsten started attending Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NY with her boyfriend, and was amazed at the “intellectually rigorous, weaving in art and history and philosophy” sermons preached by Tim Keller. “He expertly exposed the intellectual weaknesses of a purely secular worldview.” She started reading the Bible. Then, she had a dream where Jesus appeared to her. She started seeing God everywhere and thought she was going crazy. Writer Eric Metaxes suggested she attend Kathy Keller’s Bible study.

“I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don’t remember what was said that day. All I know is that when I left, everything had changed. I’ll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, “It’s true. It’s completely true.” The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy.”

At the end of her testimony, Kirsten mentions “The Hound of Heaven.” It is a poem by Francis Thompson (1859-1907.)
Neumann Press Book of Verse explains the poem, “… As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying and imperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine grace. And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself, Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never ending pursuit.”

Kirsten Powers portraits by Len Spoden Photography

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  • Vickie

    Way to go Kirsten, may you continue your journey to understand how important God is to this country. Without God we are nothing.

  • medic2003

    God Bless you Kirsten, now if we can only get you to see that your political ideology doesnt jive with your Christianity we will be headed down the right road.

    • Fred Campbell

      “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added.”
      She is to welcomed into God’s kingdom (and nourished) by all who believe, whether conservative or liberal.
      Please do not let political ideologies divide us, we are all God’s children.
      God bless you for your courage.

    • ADRoberts

      The joy and peace in the face of a believer. What a wonderful reminder of he grace of God in all of our lives.
      “For the wrath of man does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” That is why we must be careful as we deal with the sinners of the world. Some MAY come to salvation. And we have NO IDEA which ones will.
      Praise the Lord.
      As to Kirsten’s political view, leave her alone and just PRAY for her. God is he one who leads each of us. IF she continues to grow in her relationship, she will change according to God’s will for her life. The KEY is to love her with GODLY Christian love.

      • medic2003

        I would rather she held no political view than the one she does. The people she routinely defends follow a philosophy that rejects God. For that matter there are alot of amoral “conservatives” too. You may be right, she may ultimately reject her current political views, but it would be better of she championed no side of that chin than defend the one she does now.

  • bamissfa

    i’ve read that Christ or GOD if you will, appears in dreams to those who can only be won to Christ in that manner…many muslims around the world are having dreams or visions of Jesus Christ speaking to them directly, of course they are so profoundly affected they like saul of Tarsus are almost instantly converted to Christ. Let’s all who believe in Christ keep Kirsten in our prayers that God will open her eyes to his Word and understanding

  • thushjz

    I was just like her in the 70’s, grew up catholic and had only heard God’s word from the Christmas story and bits and pieces… then was surrounded by evangelical Christians in a band, God put me there for a reason, but, at some point your faith walk has to meet the road, and if you say your an evangelical Christian (or any real Christian), one look at scripture in several places says clearly that the progressive agenda of abortion on demand, Gay marriage, sleeping with your boyfriend etc…is not compatible with the faith you are professing.

  • Mark Kuykendall

    Agree or disagree (usually disagree), I’ve always had respect for Powers.

  • Leonardo Ramirez

    Saw this interview today and if you’ll pardon the pun, she’s just like the rest of us. . . a work in progress.

    • ibantam

      Yes we are all a work in progress, but we don’t all have the same progress report.

      Remember the seed planted in the shallow soil which received the Word with gladness, but later died.

      • Leonardo Ramirez

        Not your job to determine which she is or shower her with Christianese. Just be grateful that we’ll see her when we get to heaven. Right now, that’s all that matters. He’ll take care of the rest. He is faithful.

        • ibantam

          Not everyone who begins at the strait gate, but only he that endures to the end shall be saved. Neither, everyone who calls Him Lord, but he that does the Fathers will. Nor shall every seed planted make it to the harvest, but every tree that does not bring good fruit shall be chopped down and cast into the eternal fire.

          • Fred Campbell

            True, but unloving and irrelevant in this situation.

          • grassroot

            This reference by ibantam was spoken by Jesus. Unloving?

        • grassroot

          Many are called, but few chosen.

    • grassroot

      Yup, not letting the truth of the Gospel and God’s truth to interfere with
      her Socialist/Marxist views.

  • Jonathan Dogey

    I don’t blame people who are christian democrats necessarily. The Democrat Party is a party that exists in camouflage. It’s not honest about what it truly does and stands for because if it were completely honest, it wouldn’t have such support. It’s maintained by keeping people in the dark about what it’s doing. If Kirsten is a Christian, there’s a much better chance of her leaving the democrat party than if she weren’t one. Give it time.

  • Pam

    Wait a minute. Becoming a Christian is not about going to a Bible study. It is all about realizing that you’re a sinner and on the way to a devil’s hell and turning to salvation’s plan paid for at the cross. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved….. For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom 10:9, 10, 13

    • ibantam

      Remember the seed planted in the shallow soil which received God’s Word with gladness, but later died.A christian who supports abortion is indeed planted in shallow soil, but let us pray that she makes it!

  • golfbuddy1969

    Jesus would NEVER SUPPORT ANY candidate that endorsed gay marriage or the extermination of the unborn.

  • ibantam

    Kirsten, even a child knows abortion is evil! You are torn between 2 lovers; J.C. & P.C..

    Eventually, you’ll have to choose one, or get dumped by the other!

  • sha49tn

    Well, praise the Lord!

  • extremistfred

    Interesting that liberals have to convince their children that Christians are akin to the bogyman. A true intellectual does not fear knowledge.

  • grassroot

    Since this first came out I have seen her stick to her anti-Christian Leftist views.
    Not much change in her politics.