by Dr. D ~ April 23rd, 2012
On Saturday, Chuck Colson passed at age 80. It is really fascinating to me how different news groups handled the occasion and reflected upon his life.
The main stream media emphasized his few years as an advisor to President Nixon and his role, downfall, and subsequent jail sentence due to his very active part in Watergate cover-up.
However the real story of Colson began in 1976 after getting out of prison and starting the Prison Fellowship ministry to prisoners and their families. While in prison he found Christ, his life was completely transformed, and he dedicated the rest of days to ministry. Obviously his life is an example of true conversion and not one of convenience. Chuck spent the next 36 years of his life helping others and in the process became an influential and respected Christian leader.
Again, for most of the MSM the story of Chuck Colson revolves around the few years he was with Nixon and his role in the Watergate scandal and his fall from grace. In the Christian news stories I read over the weekend, Chuck’s life changing acceptance of true grace through Jesus Christ and his role in helping fellow prisoners and their families for over 36 years was the real story. What a contrast.
The life of Chuck Colson is not only an example of how the world and major culture views success but also the very different values in the Christian community. Chuck was a brilliant guy who had obtained all the trappings of power and success in his White House position only to fall from power and end up in prison. The story ends there from a worldly perspective.
However, God had different plans and a different track of success for Colson- eternal plans that will last far more than his several years of success, fame, and subsequent infamy. The example of Chuck Colson is one that testifies to us all that it isn’t over till God says it is.
Here’s a several articles that give the real measure of the man from a Christian perspective: