white house….to prison

Meet Charles “Chuck” Colson…charlescolson

Power.  Success.  Presidential aide.  Washington influence.

Known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man.”  Described by some as the “evil genius of an evil administration”.  Colson described himself as, “valuable to the President … because I was willing … to be ruthless in getting things done.”


Scandal.  Described as a “national disgrace” for his involvement in Watergate.  Sent to federal prison.

In Colson’s book, Born Again, he “describes the day he sat in his prison cell and began jotting down notes of the events that brought about the fall of a president and the rebirth of his former “hatchet man.

From the White House to prisonJust like THAT.

But there was a plan. While Colson jotted down notes, God was working in his heart.  Colson re-committed his life to Jesus…and the LORD opened Colson’s eyes to the needs around him in prison.

Fast forward. Colson started the ministry, Prison Fellowship, and built it into a $50 million organization operating in all 50 states and 110 countries.  What is their vision?

That Jesus Christ’s transforming grace and truth be manifested in the lives of prisoners and their families, as the local church and Prison Fellowship partner in Christ’s work to restore prisoners to the community and Church as contributing members, bearing witness that no life is beyond the reach of God’s power.

He is regular contributer on Christianity Today and was recently interview by TIME on the launch of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.  Read the interview for yourself.  These are my favorite snippets:

The church has fallen into a therapeutic model. It believes its job is to make people happy and take care of their problems. It’s a feel-good kind of Christianity. I don’t think the job of the church is to make people happy. I think it’s to make them holy.

A lot of people don’t want to bother with it. [Many] people have reduced the whole Christian faith to just a relationship with Jesus. That strips the faith of its doctrine, its sovereign nature. The biggest problem is getting people to be serious about what they profess to believe.

Jesus came so that we might have life and have it to the fullest (John 10:10).  He can redeem and restore….and send us forth to do His kingdom work (Acts 9).


2 Responses to “white house….to prison”

  1. 1 piedpatter
    October 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Colson is an amazing man who has single handedly done more to improve the lives of prison inmates, because he chose to be humbled by a loving God, than all the prison reform legislation combined. He is a tremendous inspiration for those wise enough to know it.

  2. 2 Ry
    October 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Nice post babe. It’s great to see God take a bad situation and turn it around for good and for His glory. Through Chuck’s tragic fall many people have come to know Christ, including Chuck himself.

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