In November of 1996, Chuck wrote a powerful article about judicial activism that appeared in the famous “The End of Democracy” symposium published in First Things.
Chuck’s piece shook the political and religious kingdoms and was aptly titled: “The End of Democracy? Kingdoms in Conflict.” He wrote:
“In America today, we have very nearly reached the completion of a long process I can only describe as the systematic usurpation of ultimate political power by the American judiciary – a usurpation that compels evangelical Christians and, indeed, all believers to ask sobering questions about the moral legitimacy of the current political order and our allegiance to it.”
The ideas and principles in Chuck’s article remain relevant today and he continues to inspire us now – just as he did in 1996.
Chuck was also a hero to us because of his love and service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Like all of us, Chuck was a sinner. One of Chuck’s sins was committed against the government and he paid an earthly penalty for that sin in federal prison. That experience led him to understand that he owed a greater debt to the Kingdom of God for all of his sins – small and great. Rather than pay an eternal penalty for his sins, Chuck humbly accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior from the penalty of sin. In that moment, Chuck was born again and went on to live a new life dedicated to the Kingdom of God.
Jesus told a parable about a man who entered into the Kingdom of God and was told by His Lord: “Well done good and faithful servant … enter into the joy of your Lord.” On Saturday when Chuck Colson passed from this life to the next, I suspect he met his Heavenly Father face to face and heard the words he yearned to hear: “Well done Chuck – welcome to My Kingdom.”