Who in the world smiles while getting his mug shot taken?!?

Greg West

With the possible exception of a happy drunk, who in the world smiles while getting his mug shot taken? A man who has just been born again, that’s who—a man like Chuck Colson, who’s life-long ministry and impact on people’s lives for Christ is likely to be beyond measure—ministries he’s founded such as Prison Fellowship, among others. You can read a short version of his story here, or better yet, read his autobiography, Born Again, which is available here for only $1.99 for a limited time.

Below is a collection of quotes from Chuck that I originally published here, shortly after he went to be with the Lord in 2012. The first quote is my personal favorite.

I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.

The modernists started with the assumption that science is the only source of sure knowledge, that nature is all there is, and thus that morality is merely a human invention that can be changed to meet changing circumstances in an evolving world.

The Bible has, amazingly— no doubt with supernatural grace—survived its critics. The harder tyrants try to eliminate it and skeptics dismiss it, the better read it becomes.

If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.

Heroism is an extraordinary feat of the flesh; holiness is an ordinary act of the spirit. One may bring personal glory; the other always gives God glory.

It’s no understatement that the church has done a poor job in teaching our young people that reason and faith are not opposites, and that atheists are far from being on the side of reason. You can find on our website a chart which I use to demonstrate the various worldviews work out, and which one, Christianity, is rational. Many kids, however, who grow up huddled in a Christian environment find themselves in the university setting completely unequipped to defend the rationality of the Christian faith against the secular humanist worldview so prevalent on college campuses.

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I think it’s critical that now, of all times, Christians seek to rebuild a culture of life, truth, and beauty. And while every Christian citizen has a duty to vote and participate in our representative democracy, we can’t fall prey to the political illusion—that politics or our elected officials will save us. They won’t. The history of the 20th century proved that, with all kinds of utopian schemes—including communism, Nazism and socialism—unleashing so much misery on the world. We’re witnessing the moral bankruptcy and decline of Western culture, and we, the Church, need to get out of the pews and into the public square, showing the world a better way.

I knew the time had come for me: I could not sidestep the central question… God had placed squarely before me. Was I to accept without reservations Jesus Christ as Lord of my life?  It was like a gate before me. There was no way to walk around it. I would step through or I would remain outside. A ‘maybe’ or ‘I need more time’ was kidding myself. And as something pressed that question home, less and less was I troubled by the curious phrase ‘accept Jesus Christ’. It had sounded at first both pious and mystical, language of the zealot, maybe black magic stuff. But ‘to accept’ means no more than ‘to believe’. Did I believe what Jesus said? If I did, if I took it on faith or reason or both, then I accepted. Not mystical or weird at all, and with no in-between ground left. Either I would believe or I would not—and believe it all or none of it.

To live as Christians, we must first understand exactly what occurred on the cross when the thief expressed faith in Christ and Christ promised him eternity. It was an exchange of identities. Christ comes to the cross to die, giving His righteous life for us. We in turn come to the cross to die, surrendering our old sinful life for Him. Thereafter Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). This is the heart of Christian conversion. It is what we mean by the term ‘salvation’, or what Christians frequently speak of as being ‘saved’ or ‘born again’. Our past sins are
not only forgiven, nut we are transformed to live a new life with God’s power and grace.