A fascinating thing for me is to see a person who has spent decades attacking Christianity and the Bible have a change of heart. Much like the apostle Paul’s conversion from being a rabid persecutor of Christians, influential people today are being converted by God. For example, two influential writers have changed from being fervent feminists and anti-Christian writers to people now pleading for God and His truth in this world.
First, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a longtime human rights activist and atheist. In her 2006 book, ‘Infidel’, Hirsi Ali described her upbringing as a Muslim in Africa and the Middle East. She survived female genital mutilation, fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, and eventually rejected Islam and embraced atheism but, in a recent article entitled, ‘Why I Am Now a Christian’, Ayaan Hirsi Ali revealed the reasons for her conversion to Christianity. The author, podcaster, and former Dutch parliamentarian wrote that Christianity not only gives life purpose but also is Western civilization’s only hope from further erosion. “Modern, secular tools fall short,” she writes, “for combating authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, as well as global Islamism, and the viral spread of woke ideology, which is eating into the moral fiber of the next generation.” Leftist writers and intellectuals are losing their minds over her newfound faith and that she has come out swinging, tearing to shreds their precious ideologies which she previously had promulgated! But as Hirsi Ali writes, she realized that “life is unendurable and very nearly self-destructive without beliefs to fill the “God hole.” That emptiness can’t be filled with a “jumble of irrational, quasi-religious dogma,” writes Hirsi Ali. She admits she still has “a great deal to learn about Christianity,” but states that she is discovering “a little more at church each Sunday.” “I have recognized, in my own long journey through a wilderness of fear and self-doubt, that there is a better way to manage the challenges of existence than either Islam or unbelief had to offer,” Hirsi Ali added. “Fortunately, there is no need to look for some New Age concoction of medication and mindfulness. Christianity has it all.” She adds that her “atheist friends failed to see the wood for the trees. The wood is the civilization built on the Judeo-Christian tradition; it is the story of the West, warts and all.”
Secondly, Dr. Naomi Wolf, who grew up a secular Jew and became known as a fervent and much-respected proponent of radical feminism, God is changing. I read the weekly emails in which she comments on the Geneva Bible as she reads through it. The depth of her insights are profound. She is not given to wild imaginings or conspiracy theories. She graduated from Yale University and received her doctorate from Oxford. As a bestselling author, columnist, and professor, she was outspoken in her defense of all leftist causes, including procured abortion rights. However, she recently encountered the “principalities and powers of darkness” and her recent article, “Is it Time for Intellectuals to Speak about God?”, describes this discovery process in brilliant detail. She encountered the truth of the reality of spiritual dark forces, a belief that is in direct opposition to the cherished liberal narrative that such talk is childish, foolish, even stupid. Her recent non-liberal writings have caused outrage amongst those she now says were formerly her own. It seems to Naomi Wolf that the chilling presence of pure evil is appearing much more frequently now that the mainstream media has turned solidly liberal, Western governments have embraced the socialist, anti-God doctrine and practices of wokism, and that the Pharmaceutical companies have taken control of the world’s agenda. Dr. Wolf has long produced exposés denouncing big business interests, all to the applause of the liberal establishment so when she started questioning the effects of the Covid vaccine on young girls and pregnant women, she expected a similar reaction to her well-researched articles. What happened, instead, was vitriolic wrath from liberals. Dr. Wolf was stunned by the willingness of liberals to attack their own and to find herself on the wrong side of the “narrative”. She soon discovered that life-long, well-educated colleagues, journalists, editors, and professionals – critical thinkers all—rejected her broadside and clung to the talking points of CNN and other major media. They asked her not to show them the evidence lest they lose status, jobs, or opportunities. “The progressive, right-on part of the ideological world — my people, my tribe, my whole life — became more and more uncritical, less and less able to reason,” she exclaimed as she found herself “pulped, de-platformed, canceled, re-canceled, de-platformed again, and called insane.” She was accused of being a “pandemic conspiracy theorist” who engaged in “crack-pottery.” The issue was not the vaccine but the challenge to the narrative. Indeed, The New York Times broke the same story in January 2022, vindicating research similar to hers but not reestablishing her reputation. In response, she wrote, “this edifice of evil is too massive, too quickly erected, too complex and really, too elegant, to assign to just human awfulness and human inventiveness.” She was perplexed by this intelligent force that was much more powerful than anything she had ever experienced. She recalled the comment of a Christian medical freedom activist who had suffered similar treatment and calumny who found courage in Ephesians 6:12: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” When the hammer of evil fell upon her, something clicked in Naomi Wolf that made those words come alive.
Here is what I have learned from the cases of these two prominent women: God is still God. And, just as He converted the most vocal and violent prosecutor of the first Christians, that person being a Pharisee named Saul who became known as the Apostle Paul and, who, more than anyone else, changed the Western world, God can still change people today, no matter how strongly people may speak against Him, the truth, the Gospel of Jesus, and His people. So, be encouraged. God is not done, yet!