Skip to comments.Which Charles Colson died last week?
Posted on 04/26/2012 1:29:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Some stories that reported the death of Charles Colson last week explained him as the hatchet man for President Richard Nixon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Colson wound up going to prison for Watergate-related crimes. Other stories noted him as a criminal justice reformer who befriended prisoners and thought many inmates didnt need to be behind bars.
He was both. In the first half of his life he was a brilliant and ambitious Boston lawyer. He wound up in the inner circle of the Nixon administration. He helped Nixon win the 1972 election in a landslide. Yet life felt empty to Colson, as he retreated to law practice.
Something bigger than politics was going on. He had a classic Christian conversion. He realized he was full of pride and sinful and offended God, not just the Watergate prosecutors chasing after him.
He pleaded guilty to Watergate-related crimes and did time behind bars.
He spent the second half of his life visiting prisons, launching Prison Fellowship, encouraging volunteers to visit prisons, getting massive amounts of Christmas gifts to children of prisoners.
All his gifts and skills got dedicated to the cause of Christ.
In Indiana in the 1980s, he partnered with then Secretary of State Ed Simcox and several General Assembly members to adopt alternatives to prison, or what came to be called community corrections. Colson started Justice Fellowship, advocating similar initiatives in other states. Later Colson became influential behind the scenes with President George W. Bush, prompting a major federal effort to help prisoners come back into society in a productive way.
As a Prison Fellowship board member, Simcox visited prisons with Colson and learned a more personal and profound lesson up close.
He helped me to see what brokenness is. Thats at the heart of prison ministry, said Simcox, now an executive with the Indiana Energy Association.
You have to be broken in Christ and see the depth of your sin before you can be made whole, Simcox continued. Its true for all of us, but you see it up so close in prison. Theyre stripped of all the trappings of society. All that offenders can cling to is faith in Christ. It leads men and women in prison to a deeper level of faith than is appreciated by those of us who have not fallen that far. Its brokenness, its surrender, its total humilityall you have is your faith in Christ.
Which Charles Colson died last week? The good guy and the bad guy.
More than any man of his generation, Colson showed us how Christ can truly change a life for the better.
36 years of Prison ministries means nothing the the liberal left.
As far as they’re concerned you’re just imposing a sense of guilt on the already oppressed.
The MSM jumps in with the “demonize Christians” in aid of Obama’s contraception mandate.
Well, not exactly. The "bad" guy died decades ago when he received Jesus Christ and was "baptized into His death." The guy who died the other day (the Bible calls it "falling asleep" - instant translation into heaven) was the "good" guy.
Hey Chuck, can't wait to see you there - we'll have an eternity to talk about a lot of stuff (I'm a prospective attorney and am ardently against the separation of church and state).
I read most of the biographies of the Nixon people many years ago. I don’t remember a lot of the details in them, but one thing always stuck out. In Liddy’s book and Colson’s book, they both went into the corruption and abuse of the prison system at the time. These were both bright men and not weak Lefty bleeding hearts. If they were saying there was a problem there, I must believe that at the time the system was a mess. I wonder if Colson ever made any significant changes before he died. Most of the commentary on his work involves the religious work with the inmates, not any structural changes of the system itself.
Perhaps one day someone will explain what shenanigans Nixon did that JFK and LBJ did not do. Wot? Oh I mean besides exposing USSR Communist spy Alger Hiss.
That’s why the Left/MSM/Acedemia hate Nixon.
I don’t think Nixon ever had anybody killed. I am pretty sure LBJ did.
Also I am sure that the media knew that LBJ was eavesdropping on Goldwater even in his campaign plane.
And some think that the political double-standard is a recent development. Not at all.