A great man of God passed away yesterday: Chuck Colson.
There are leaders of the faith who have inspired me, those who have equipped me, those who have encouraged me. But Chuck Colson is a leader who challenged me to think about and understand my faith. And in doing so he inspired, equipped, and encouraged.
The first time I ever heard Chuck Colson I had no idea who he was or that it was him I was listening to. At the beginning of his song, "Heaven in the Real World," Stephen Curtis Chapman had a sound bite of Colson saying this:
"Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that's where our hope is in this country. And that's where our hope is in life."
His life story is about that hope. His story is a testimony to the powerful grace of God.
If you've never heard of or interacted with the work of Chuck Colson, I highly recommend you do.
Read his obituary press release here.
Read his story here.
Check out his books here. If you want some suggested starting places I'd go with The Faith, How Now Shall We Live, and The Body.
And check out this video...