GOP activist and stalwart Trump supporter Charlie Kirk described his faith during a recent interview as “the most important thing” in his life.
“I’ve been a Christian basically my whole life,” he told podcast host Lucas Miles.
Kirk went on to say he first prayed to become a Christian when he was in fifth grade, explaining he “said the words,” though it was several years before he understood what salvation truly meant.
“It means more this year than it did last year, it means more this year than it did when I was 20,” he said of his faith. “It’s almost a gift that grows sweeter with time. The more I read, the more I live, and the more it actually — I’m completely able to admit I’m a total, absolute sinner and I fall short from the grace of God.”
The Turning Point USA founder told Miles many Christians don’t seem to understand what it means to be saved, arguing some believe it makes them better people.
“We have to get back to kind of what being saved means,” he explained. “It means that I was drowning in an ocean and I happened to get picked up by a lifeboat, and that’s about it. It’s not like I earned it or that I swam better than anyone else.”
Kirk added that the myriad attacks he faces on a regular basis has helped him realize he can’t live this life without faith in a higher power.
“I pray for every single person to be able to find the same sort of redemption and meaning and connection that I have had, have right now,” he told Miles. “There’s a great comfort in actually knowing that you’re completely and totally depraved and an awful person and knowing that you have to accept a savior because of that. It’s actually the most comforting thing in the world.”