Chuck Colson – How God turned around Nixon’s hatchet man

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This video is from Veritas Forum at of Cambridge, Massachusetts (though they have offices across the country). Veritas Forums are university events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life. This is a great resource to help University Students and parents, and very worthy of our support.
If you are not familiar with Chuck Colson’s story you can read a short bio here. Today Chuck Colson, besides writing several books, in 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Program, which, together with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, with ministry taking place in 113 countries around the globe.

Chuck Colson started adulthood as a lieutenant in the marines, fighting in the Korean War. Afterwards he went to law school at night while working as administrative assistant (one of the youngest at that time) to a U.S.Senator. In 1968 he left his law practice to serve in the Richard Nixon White House Administration (again as the youngest assistant ever) as Special Counsel(he was 38 years old). Colson ran the next presidential campaign for Nixon and Nixon won by the largest landslide vote victory to date, in 1972. At that point he decided that he wanted to return to his law practice, due to the exhaustion he experienced and he started to feel empty.

Chuck Colson grew up in as he calls it „Unitarian” New Egland. Yes he did go to Sunday school as a kid and learned all the lessons, and yes he was dragged to church, as he describes it, a few times, yet in his adulthood he did not even believe in the existence of God, let alonehis son Jesus Christ or the fact that man can have any kind of relationship with Him.

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One day he walked into another White House aide’s office and Colson asked him why he seemed different, at which the aide replied that he had given his life to Christ and then asked to read him a chapter „VICE” from C S Lewis’s Christianity. Then he prayed with Colson. Colson walked out to his car, but could not drive away because he couldn’t see; he was crying so hard. He knew nothing of evangelicalism or of any sinner’s prayer-he just talked to God and that night he knew there was a God. The days to follow, the lawyer in him sat down with the Mere Christianity book and made 2 columns -pro and con, about different things he would investigate. At the end he could state that the reality of Jesus Christ’s life and work is more real than his own reality.

But, just then the Watergate scandal blows up and for the next year, Colson’s „conversion” is front page fodder for the Nation’s newspapers.

Here is Chuck Colson at Columbia University in 2008 talking to students and doing a Question & Answer session afterwards:

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7 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Madd Scientist
    sept. 23, 2011 @ 21:04:41

    Yes, Chuck Olson’s dramatic conversion to become afollower of Christ is the living proof that Jesus Christ is alive and is still in the process of transforming lives. Modern Psychologists cannot understand this conversion process that modifies the behaviour instantly. Psychologists (70% of them) are themselves ill. They do not even know it. Chuck Olson has become a Christian Philosopher as well as the apologist. Thank God for this man and his life.

    • rodi
      sept. 23, 2011 @ 21:36:27

      I learned about Watergate from my school textbook, but never imagined that a huge ministry-Prison Fellowship came out of that . Imagine if his friend Tom, the other White House aid never shared his convictions with Chuck Colson that night? Oh, but God in his sovereignty brings his plans to fruition. This is a very edifying video!

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  4. roger craig jersey
    feb. 11, 2012 @ 03:00:40

    Good Post, I am a big believer in commenting on weblogs to help the blog writers know that theya€?ve added something useful to the world wide web!

  5. rodi
    apr. 21, 2012 @ 19:57:48

    Reblogged this on agnus dei – english + romanian blog and commented:

    In honor of Chuck Colson whom I just read, has gone to be with the Lord! He has one of the most fascinating life and turn around through the grace of God story. Below you can watch a video all about it. May God comfort his family.

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