Charles Colson (a Story of Power, Corruption, and Redemption)

by Glen H. Jones

John Perry recounts the compelling story of Charles Colson's journey from college student to Marine Corps officer to political assistant to lawyer to presidential advisor to prison inmate to a redeemed witness for Jesus Christ. Known as President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man," Colson was involved in the often-dirty game of politics. His total loyalty to President Nixon eventually sent him to prison.

Some have thought that prison made Charles Colson a Christian. However, he became a Christian before he was indicted for wrongdoing. When the Watergate scandal began to swirl around the Nixon administration, Colson felt his life coming unglued. He was empty and miserable. Charles was introduced to Tom Phillips, millionaire industrialist who had been converted at a Billy Graham Crusade. Phillips' description of his empty and meaningless life before conversion spoke to Colson and he soon became an enthusiastic Christian.

As the Watergate controversy grew hotter, Colson was accused of helping plan the break-in at the Democratic National Committee offices in Washington's Watergate complex. Although Colson had no prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in, he believed that he should protect the president, whom he believed had no knowledge of this criminal act.

Colson was wrongfully accused and defamed in the media. He decided that his only way to escape the accusations and innuendoes was to plead guilty to something he did not do. He pleaded guilty of obstructing justice by "devising and implementing a scheme to defame and destroy the public credibility of Daniel Ellsberg." He was never convicted of any crime related to the Watergate break-in.

In prison Colson developed a burden to begin a spiritual ministry to prison inmates. A few months after his release, he inaugurated Prison Fellowship. One of the major goals of this ministry is to train Christian inmates who can spiritually minister to those in prison. That ministry continues today.

Target: All

Type: Biography

Take: Highly recommended

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