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COLSON: His life was about much more than Watergate

Letter by John Clapper, Lakewood on April 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm | 71 Comments »
April 26, 2012 9:37 am

Dick Clark died, and his story was on the front page. That was great, because he was a part of America. He never looked old and kept us young.

Another death should have been on the front page: Chuck Colson. He was mentioned a few pages back, and the focus was on his role in Watergate. But Colson’s life looms large in America. Most people do not know much about him.

After becoming a Christian and serving a prison term, he humbly and without pretense lived a life of service, courageously ministering to prisoners and their families for the last 35-plus years through the Prison Fellowship organization.

He not only has done more for prisoners than almost any other person, he also has been an example of how to influence culture for the better through his many books and in his multifaceted ministry, the Colson Center, infusing integrity and righteousness into people’s lives through various media presentations such as BreakPoint. I encourage people to Google his ministries.

There was, finally, a column by Michael Gerson (TNT, 4-24), who described his relationship with Colson. There are few men in history who served as well and influenced our culture for the better, as humbly as Colson did.


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