By Ben Barrack
If you’ve noticed a change in liberal pundit, Kirsten Powers, you may not be imagining things. Before getting to why, consider a couple of positions she’s taken over the past several months that serve as examples.
During a media blackout of the Kermit Gosnell trial, even getting conservatives to take interest in the heinous atrocities that were on par with what took place inside Nazi concentration camps, was difficult to do. Surprisingly, Powers spoke out against Gosnell. It was a welcome, if unexpected development.
The silence not just of the mainstream media or even conservative media but of churches – when it comes to the persecution of Christians all across the Middle East – has been deafening ever since the ‘Arab Spring’ began. Again, Powers – an unexpected source – expressed outrage, shaming churches for not doing more to help their brethren.
Now, Powers has essentially written a powerful testimony about becoming Christian, via Christianity Today (h/t Breitbart):
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.
I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alaska, but my belief was superficial and flimsy. It was borrowed from my archaeologist father, who was so brilliant he taught himself to speak and read Russian. When I encountered doubt, I would fall back on the fact that he believed.
Leaning on my father’s faith got me through high school. But by college it wasn’t enough, especially because as I grew older he began to confide in me his own doubts. What little faith I had couldn’t withstand this revelation. From my early 20s on, I would waver between atheism and agnosticism, never coming close to considering that God could be real.
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… (keep reading)
Right there, in her opening four paragraphs, Powers provides a goldmine of data points along with anecdotal evidence that social conservatives fundamentally believe. First, children need faithful and prayerful parents to remain faithful and prayerful. Second, most colleges and universities despise Christianity and are constantly seeking to chip away at the Christian faith. Some are able to withstand it but those with shaky faith are not. In Powers’ case, her testimony seems to indicate that her professors helped to cause further dismantling.
Third, atheism is a natural fit within the Democratic Party, which leads to it becoming the Party of Satan.
Powers’ very personal testimony makes for excellent reading so please don’t pass it up. Stories like hers are extremely rare, which is what makes them so refreshing.