I watched the Larry King interview with Paris Hilton last week. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be interested, but because I posted something about her on this blog, I wanted to see what she had to say about her jailhouse transformation. The interview was very disappointing and a waste of an hour.
Poor Larry struggled to get Ms. Hilton to say something meaningful, but even his prodigious interviewing skills weren’t enough. Although her time in the LA county clink may have convinced her that she needed to make some changes in her life, I doubt if she really “found Jesus” or has been transformed in any substantial way.
I’m sure the Holy Spirit was working in her to change, and had her attention when she was in solitary 23 hours a day. However, we have to be yielded and be willing to surrender our will to God’s will. God never forces himself on anyone, but works gently in us to help us realize that there is something important missing in our life.
It’s too bad she didn’t turn over her life to Jesus, because a significant change in her life would be a powerful witness to the power of Jesus Christ. Chuck Colson, who did time as part of the Watergate scandal, found Jesus while all that was going on (but before he entered prison). Today he heads a very effective prison ministry and is in demand as a speaker at Christian events. Former governor Rowland of Connecticut has had a similar conversion experience, but I’m not sure what he is doing these days in terms of ministry.
Please pray that Paris Hilton turns her life over to Jesus. What a great story that would make! Think about the impact her conversion would make on the thousands of girls who try to emulate her in some way. Think of the lives that could be changed.