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April 22, 2012

A Consequential Man, Home Now With His God

I’ve appreciated the tributes to Chuck Colson over the weekend, and plan to post several.

This one’s from RedState, where there is more:

He spent seven months in prison, was disbarred, and saw his son arrested in the fall out over Watergate. But God opened his eyes during his time in prison. He saw the condition of the prisoners, the failures of rehabilitation, and felt led by the Lord to do something about it.

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There is much that each of us can be critiszed about, but I like Wesley when confronted by a man who told him he didn’t like his method of evangelism replied that he didn’t like his method either and would he share his method.  To this the man replied that he didn’t have a method.  Wesley then said that in that case, he would just keep his method rather that adopt the critic’s non- method!  So unless you have a method for reaching the prisoners, that just be quite.  RIP.  IMHO

[1] Posted by PROPHET MICAIAH on 4-23-2012 at 06:47 PM · [top]

Colson would go on to create Prison Fellowship, an organization loved and supported by many regardless of politics. He was a voice of clarity on the need for evangelicals to engage a world they so often feel as if they are just passing through.

The obituary about Mr. Colson reminds me of a scene from The Good Pope. John XXIII has gone to visit the inmates of Regina Coeli prison in Rome.  He tells them that he has come to see them because “you could not come to me” and shares the story of a friend of his who had once been imprisoned for a crime.  “Your pope wanted to meet you because you are not forgotten men.”

After hearing his words of encouragement, an especially rough looking inmate rushes forward, desperate to speak to him.  The guards try to hold the man back but Pope John insists that he be allowed to come near.

The prisoner cries out: “I killed a man.  What you said is not for me too?  It’s not for me, right?”  Then he falls to his knees and begins to weep and sob like a child.  (Viewer advisory: you may do the same if you watch the clip.) 

Pope John reaches through the bars to caress his head and replies: “Of course, son!  Of course, especially for you, my son!”  Where the message of the gospel is concerned, and the need for even the most despised and neglected among us to hear it, this is something that Mr. Colson clearly understood.

O Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons; We humbly commend the soul of this thy servant Charles, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most humbly beseeching thee, that he may be precious in thy sight.  Wash him, we pray thee, in the Blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that whatsoever defilements he may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, he may be presented pure and without spot before thee.  Through the merits of Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord.  Amen.

[2] Posted by episcopalienated on 4-23-2012 at 08:18 PM · [top]

Have been contributing to the Colson founded prison ministries for a number of years. Prison ministry is a special calling. Colson was not only called - he answered.

[3] Posted by Don+ on 4-23-2012 at 08:43 PM · [top]

Chuck was terribly effective pre-Christ as a lawyer and political strategist, and wonderfully effective post-Christ as an evangelist. He had that quality, characteristic of great leaders, of making everyone around him want to step up their game. 

He was one of the relatively few Christian leaders who could be relied on to speak the truth to a hostile media without getting drawn into a trap.

He will be missed greatly.

[4] Posted by Going Home on 4-25-2012 at 07:58 AM · [top]

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