VP Daughter, Charlotte Pence, Opens Up about Battle with Atheism and Finding Faith in Christ
Will Maule : Oct 19, 2018
"In that moment, I came home to my Savior, to my Friend. I understood I needed Him and He took me back with open arms. This incredible feeling of acceptance and renewal is one I cannot put into words, I cannot recreate, I cannot justify. It just is. It is a free gift, and one I cannot live without. And I have never been more sure of anything." -Charlotte Pence
(Washington, DC)—[Faithwire.com] The daughter of Vice President Mike Pence has opened up about her personal faith journey and admitted she went through seasons of profound doubt. Charlotte Pence, 25, released her new book, "Where You Go: Life Lessons From My Father" this week, in which she details many of the words of wisdom bestowed upon her by her politician father. (Photo: Pence family touring Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Germany/US Embassy, Berlin /via Christian Post)
It was during a year abroad studying in Oxford back in 2015 that Pence found her faith in God dwindling. In an interview with The Christian Post, Pence admitted that she "turned away from God" and had "not wanted anything to do with religion" at the time.
"I was interested in atheism for a while," she admitted, before qualifying that she "wasn't as interested in Christianity," but that she felt like God was pursuing her the whole time. Writing about this time in her new book, Pence said she "stopped going to church and reading [her] Bible," and instead chose to spend "much of the year" delving into atheist philosophy.
However, as she continued to dive head-first into atheist thought, she began to realize that there was no light to be found there.
"I believed I didn't need Him but as the year went on, I felt increasingly hopeless," Pence wrote. "I think I still believed in God, but I wanted to try living without the burden of religious ideas. I thought my questions would go away or be answered. I thought maybe I would no longer care and I would be able to live in an agnostic way. Maybe a part of me even wished I could, but atheism didn't answer any questions I had"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here.
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