Thank You, Mr. President

By Saturday, April 21, 2012 6 0

Seems kind of strange that a 27 year old gal would have any reason to be grateful for Watergate, much less care about it. I have read a couple of biographies covering the era, but I don’t know a whole lot.

What I do know is that a “ruthless” White House aide named Charles Colson went to prison for his involvement with the Watergate scandal, and he became a born-again Christian just before donning his state-issued gear.

Naturally, the media tried to feed him to the wolves for that one, but his transformation proved genuine and lasting. It culminated (in my opinion, probably not in his) when he founded Prison Fellowship, which is the parent organization of Angel Tree.

A number of other touches factored in to my decision to trust Jesus Christ for salvation, but I know that the family who brought me gifts every year through Angel Tree prayed for my salvation.

Which means that I wouldn’t be a Christian today if Richard Nixon hadn’t broken the law and Charles Colson hadn’t gone to prison for it.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

I am praying that God uses the passing of Chuck Colson to revitalize prison ministry across America. I know from personal, heart-breaking experience that prisons do not come anywhere near rehabilitating inmates, especially because they continue to defund and disallow faith-based organizations like Prison Fellowship to have direct access to prisoners. Prisons demean souls and institutionalize individuals until they are comfortable behind bars than living a real life. Jesus changes that, and there are many, many saints who can give testimony of a second chance, even without a second chance.

Watch this short video honoring the life of Charles Colson:

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  • Katie

    So, for the uneducated Brit. what was Watergate? I’ve heard the term but not the history of it. And whilst I could look it up, and will if you tell me to, because it’s part of your story, hearing it in your words will make it better, imo. 🙂

    • In only a few words, a bunch of guys from the Nixon administration broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, to try to wiretap it or something like that, and the Nixon administration tried to cover it up. There was taped evidence implicating Nixon, which he was required to hand over to the supreme court, and facing impeachment, he resigned. I don’t know what Chuck Colson’s involvement was, but it’s been said that he was one of the masterminds. But Colson became a Christian, pled guilty, served time in prison, and came out to found Prison Fellowship, which changed my life.

      • Katie

        Cool – thanks for replying!

  • Jenny

    So sad but true about prison problems. I love this and I love you!

  • It’s all – we’re all – redeemable.

    Wow. Love this story.

    We sponsor a child through Compassion. She lives in India. I had a few questions about a letter I received from her recently, so I asked a young man in our congregation if he could help me figure it out. The young man is an exchange student from India. As I got ready to explain Compassion to him, his face lit up and he said, “Oh, yes! I know Compassion! I was a sponsored child!”

    • Thanks for stopping by, Deidra! What a neat story; that sort of thing happens to me all the time with prison ministries. I meet both people who were served by prison ministries or people who don’t know that I was served by Angel Tree for so long. He makes beautiful things out of dust!