Former Clinton Administration staff and current Democratic strategist and Fox News consultant, Kirsten Powers, has become a Christian. Or as she puts it, “The Hound of Heaven has pursued me and caught me–whether I liked it or not.” You can read Kirsten’s personal testimony, The God I Can’t Write Off, in the November 2013 edition of Christianity Today.
Even though she has generally represented the opposing political viewpoint from mine, I’ve always appreciated Powers’ respectful and sincere tone when I saw and heard her on Fox News. I knew nothing about her beyond that until I read her story.
How did this alternating Atheist/Agnostic, having left her father’s borrowed Episcopal faith, come to faith in Jesus? The issue came to a head as her boyfriend asked her if she believed in Jesus, making it clear that it would be a deal breaker for possible marriage if she didn’t. She assured him that believing in Jesus was not going to happen. But when challenged to have “an open mind” about it, she couldn’t admit as a liberal that she was closed minded, though having to acknowledge that she was. Closed minds come from all religious and political persuasions.
Then she agreed to attend a service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where she heard Pastor Tim Keller. She was turned off by the contemporary worship, so odd in contrast to the high church liturgy of her childhood, but was surprised by Keller’s knowledgeable and articulate preaching. She continued to attend, enjoying Keller’s talks, but turned off by Jesus. “Why did he have to ruin a perfectly good talk with this Jesus nonsense?” But as Keller continued to press the case for Jesus, Kirsten became intellectually convinced of Christianity’s credibility.
But it still wasn’t personal. She felt nothing until… Her description of what happened reminds me of 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” No matter how hard she tried, Kirsten couldn’t shake the “Hound of Heaven” who had turned on the light switch of spiritual regeneration and claimed Kirsten as His child.
What’s next? Now that she is a Christian, is the next step to switch political parties? She acknowledges “that one of my most pressing concerns was that Christians would try to turn me into a Republican.” But, no, that is not where her story has gone. As she wrestled with what all this means. Bonhoffer biographer, Eric Metaxas, urged her to get into a Bible study. She nervously found a place in Kathy Keller’s group and after several months testifies, “Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me…”
Whether you are politically liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, please don’t focus on that. Just rejoice that another name is “written in heaven.” Luke 10:20