Charles Colson: The Good Life

Interview by Stan Guthrie

Christian statesman, former Nixon aide says leaks were unethical and unnecessary.

As Charles Colson battles for his life, I thought I would share the only interview I ever did with this great man (above). While many would dispute his position concerning Mark Felt, this conversation reflects Mr. Colson’s driving passion for truth and righteousness, his humility, and his desire to reach others with the gospel.

Mr. Colson met me when I worked at Christianity Today and always has taken an personal interest in my career. I have saved his several thoughtful notes of encouragement, honored that such a Christian statesman even remembered my name, much less called me a colleague. When I was laid off from CT three years ago, he quickly offered me a column for BreakPoint.org, an assignment I gratefully accepted.

As my freelance career has developed since then, I have had the privilege of doing some other writing for Mr. Colson, mainly focusing on his passion to help others develop a Christian worldview. He is a man who sees the big picture while never forgetting the little guy, a truth exemplified by his prison ministry, the other great passion of his life.

In the above interview, Mr. Colson references The Good Life, his volume (with Harold Fickett) about how one finds purpose, meaning, and contentment. Whatever his sins in the Watergate era, it seems clear that Charles Colson has truly lived the good life.

May the Lord he loves continue to bless Charles Colson and his family.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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