Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Thoughts: Redemption

Redemption is defined as the act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed.

I think that truly defines the life lived by Charles "Chuck" Wendell Colson (Oct. 16, 1931 - April 21, 2012).

Colson's life spans politics and religion.

The beginning was defined by his role as President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man" during the Watergate scandal. As an aspiring political journalist, I dug into all things Watergate. Something about it just drew me to the story.

So it was no surprise when a friend (probably my campus minister) passed along Colson's "Born Again" for me to read.

It really captured the story of how Colson turned his life from politics to ministry - by forming Prison Fellowship, "to seek the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ."

Lets face it, Colson could have came out of prision and returned to a life previously lived.

Instead, he chose to make a difference - with integrity.

I might not always agree with Colson's politics. But I can say one thing, I admired how he redeemed his life in order to serve others.

I find it ironic that I started my "career" journey focusing on politics (albeit political journalism) and ended, like Colson, with a ministry emphasis.

As a children's pastor, I can truly appreciate how Colson's ministry developed the Angel Tree at Christmas (in 1982) - as a way to reach out to children impacted by a parent's incarceration. Let's face it, children should be the last people penalized by an adult's choice. .

I hope some day, I can make even a glimmer of the difference Colson showed during the second half of his life.

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