Ana Marie Cox, political columnist for The Guardian and the Daily Beast and frequent contributor to MSNBC and NPR, recently revealed herself to be a believer in Jesus Christ as her God and Savior.
Known for her left-wing proclivities as a super critic of conservatism and all things Republican, the founding editor of the snarky and Godless blog Wonkette appeared on Breitbart News Sunday with host and Breitbart Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon.
Growing up in Texas and Nebraska, Cox explained that she went to church as a child and had “somewhat of a functioning relationship with the idea of God.” Moreover, when she was young she loved the Narnia Chronicles and said that C.S. Lewis’ messages always “resonated with her.” She recounted that thirty years after reading the book, she credits it with helping her come to Christ.
The writer said that her life “hit a crisis point” four years ago when a series of incidents, including her marriage breaking up and her mother’s illness, impelled her to start looking for her “Higher Power” not just in a “general neighborhood,” but rather looking for Him at a “specific address.”
Bannon asked Cox if it was hard to find God and spirituality in a town like D.C. “with its toxicity, its meanness, the viciousness… How do you come out of this fever swamp and find Christ in this environment?” Cox laughed and said, “I had to leave.”
Cox explained that she began believing in God in a “more firm way” and that she found a place for prayer in her life. As her mother became more ill and finally passed away, Cox said that prayer took on a “huge role in my life.” She said that her strong belief in God was gradual and that she didn’t have a “come to Jesus moment. It was a decision that I made… But, you know what? This is what I believe!”
Bannon asked the firmly committed Christian to respond to a passage that she wrote in her article last week:
Here is why I believe I am a Christian: I believe I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I believe in the grace offered by the Resurrection. I try everyday to give my will and my life over to God. I try to be like Christ. I get down on my knees to pray.
Cox responded that she is “applying the honesty that she has in all her other writings, to the honesty she has about her faith.” The Guardian reporter says that these are things that she believes in and that there is no “wiggle room here.” She seemed to be channeling C.S. Lewis, who once said, “Watered down Christianity is nothing at all.”
Coming out as a Christian has subjected Cox to some negative responses by some conservative Christians for her “pro-choice” views and for her support of the LGBT community. She has also weathered criticism from atheists and so called “ethical humanists.” Cox estimates, however, that more than two-thirds of the responses have been positive and supportive. She added that she is not super worried about being judged by her “elite media peers.”
The Breitbart News Sunday guest made the point that announcing you’re a Christian in America is not a big deal compared to coming out in other parts of the world: “I have a privilege here in a lot of ways.”