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Owen Strachan: The Colson Way, reviewed by Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Chuck knew that people would suffer the consequences of an authoritarian secular state that values people by their utility rather than their intrinsic worth in the eyes of our loving God. Who will suffer? The unborn. The elderly. The poor. The forgotten. The free thinkers. Chuck wanted Christians to unite and stand strong, together. He wanted unity in Christ for the good of all.

When we are silent and passive, when we fail to serve and to lead, people needlessly suffer. Lives do not flourish. We miss the joy of advancing the Kingdom.

Before his stroke, we assumed that Chuck would lead or be the figurehead for this new movement of unity and strength. When he died three weeks later, we were stunned and bewildered. We went about our work and didn’t know what to make of the Lansdowne meetings. I had agreed to be on his steering committee for this “Christian Worldview Coalition,” and so some of us moved forwardly step by step.

Chuck Colson lived the faith and then cast a vision of courageous engagement. When we are silent and passive, when we fail to serve and to lead, people needlessly suffer. Lives do not flourish. We miss the joy of advancing the Kingdom.

He wants us to speak for those who cannot find the words to speak for themselves of the beauty of marriage. Of children. Of the sanctity of life. Of the glory of God. Of the value of biblical faith expressed freely in countless ways in the arts, healthcare, work and economics, journalism and media, education, the family, law and government, national security — all pillars by which a nation either falls or rises.

He wanted us to know the freedom to create and to live as believers, contending for every inch of culture that belongs to Christ.

“The faith,” Colson said, “which once built the greatest civilization in human history, must now engage in the titanic struggle of our times.”

In summary, The Colson Way is important because it guides us in the way of Jesus in our century in such need of personal and cultural revival. The good news is that more of us are now catching the vision and owning it for ourselves. Coming generations are finding true north, and their voices, as they enter both prisons and the halls of power. They are walking in the authority and love of Jesus Christ for human beings and the world God so loves. We welcome all in this Colson way.

Reviewed by Kelly Monroe Kullberg

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Eric Metaxas interviews Owen Strachan about The Colson Way (begins at 10:27):

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Category: Fall 2015, Living the Faith

About the Author: Kelly Monroe Kullberg began The Veritas Forum at Harvard in 1992, now in nearly 200 universities in America, Canada, Europe and Asia. Veritas explores the world's hardest questions in relation to biblical truth and Jesus Christ. She taught senior electives at Harvard College in worldview through film while serving as a chaplain to the Harvard Graduate School Christian Fellowship from 1988 – 2000. Kullberg edited and co-authored the Boston Globe bestseller Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Christian Thinkers, and authored its autobiographical sequel Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. In 2008, she co-authored A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings in Art, Science and Life. Passionate for cultural renewal, she is now developing The America Conservancy to unite leaders in a strategic plan for American renewal.

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