Chuck Colson's Response to 'Speak Out'
By: Chuck Colson|Published: June 18, 2010 11:28 AM
I have been able to answer some of the comments that I’ve received individually. But let me make a general statement for all of you who were kind enough to post your comments this week in response to my BreakPoint commentary.
The general response has been hugely helpful to me. It’s been personally encouraging, obviously, for so many of you have said that my writings have been helpful, and my broadcasts have been used to teach others. That’s the kind of thing I really need to hear from time to time, not just to make me feel good, but to know that my objective in doing BreakPoint and the Colson Center is being realized.
I’m not an organization guy. I get very frustrated dealing with bureaucracies, and always have since I first served in government. I’m big on movements. If we can get people to exercise their faith, to live out their religious responsibilities in the public square, we will make a difference in this country. We will also be instruments of justice and righteousness in culture, which is what is so important to us.
So what I want you to know is that the comments from those of you who said you are using this material, spreading it, making copies for people, talking to your neighbors, using it in teaching situations—this gives me tremendous reassurance that we are on target. Before the Lord calls me home I want more than anything else to see a movement of people all across this country interconnected, communicating with one another, with all the electronic tools that are available for this today. But all working towards one end—the glorification of God in every walk of life.
The model for my life is Wilberforce, followed by Lord Shaftesbury and William Booth. The whole 19th century in England, which I wrote about in The Faith, was a time in which an apostate nation—maybe as bad as ours is today—was transformed. The structures were changed, yes. But the structures were only changed after a massive public movement, really started by the first Wesley Awakening, and then the second. It spread through every area of life.
So my dream is possible, with God. But what I need to hear from you, from time to time, are things you’re doing to advance the movement.
So I’m going to be opening up this site periodically. I’m going to challenge you to give me that kind of information, not just to make me feel good, though it does—but so that I can see what’s working and what isn’t working, what is causing people to move and not move, how they are interconnecting. This gives me all kinds of ideas for the Colson Center and how we can better serve what I believe can be the kind of movement Wesley and Wilberforce started in England.
As you’ll see in my upcoming scripts on religious liberty, if we don’t do this we are going to be in great peril. We have to do it while we can. So God bless you for your responses. I really am grateful.
Keep it up. Just because we’re not asking for them every day—although I will be from time to time—doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be posting them here and letting us know how you’re doing. If you can give me a good idea, then everybody else reads that idea, and they start copying it. That’s what a movement does.
God bless you. Celebrate your religious liberties with a special gusto on July 4, and keep tuned to BreakPoint and the "Two-Minute Warning." We’ll be guiding you each week with critical information that needs to be fed into this movement.