Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jane Fonda

Following up the prior post about Reds and the inclination of many on the left to be receptive to the Gospel message, I wanted to blog on the topic of Jane Fonda’s conversion to Christianity. This conversion may be a surprise to many because it did not get a lot of attention in the mainstream media as far as I am aware. It was something I first heard about on Christian radio many years ago, but it is certainly not something many of us—secular or religious—were anticipating. After all, Ms. Fonda is the woman who epitomized for many years the image of a secular, far left Hollywood elite. She is famous (or infamous) for her embrace of the Vietcong, feminism and spandex leotards. She was married for many years to Tom Hayden (a member of the “Chicago Seven”) and bankrolled his political career with the success of her exercise empire.

But apparently early in the twenty-first century, Ms. Fonda embraced Jesus Christ as Lord. Despite many efforts, I have had great difficulty finding much information about the circumstances of her conversion, but have heard on Christian radio that she apparently was greatly influenced by her chauffeur in Atlanta (during her marriage to Ted Turner). I understand he was an older African American man, for whom Ms. Fonda had already had a great deal of respect. Apparently at one point in their relationship he shared his testimony with her and asked why she had not accepted Christ. As I understand, this led to some soul-searching and her eventual embrace of Christianity. Ms. Fonda has indicated that her conversion had a role in the break-up of her marriage to Ted Turner, but not much else has been reported on the subject.

Ms. Fonda’s conversion did not prompt an embrace of right wing politics. She is still politically active, and her sympathies extend to an array of feminist and anti-war issues.

Luke 9:49-50

John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us."
But Jesus said to him, "Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you."

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