From the White House to the Jailhouse to the Pulpit: Chuck Colson on Being Wrong
Every conversion story is, at heart, a story about being wrong -- about rejecting one worldview in favor of another one. Consider, for example, Chuck Colson. During the Nixon administration, Colson was, officially, special counsel to the president. Unofficially, he was Nixon's hatchet man and "the White House tough guy." By all accounts (including his own), he was secular, self-obsessed, and scary. Then, in 1973, as the waters of Watergate rose around him, Colson simultaneously found God and found himself in prison for obstruction of justice. Today, he is one of the country’s most prominent evangelical leader and founder of the Prison Fellowship and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. In my interview with him over on Slate, temporary home to this blog, Colson and I talk about why he converted, what he regrets most about his involvement with Watergate, and why Christianity is "the religion of second chances." You can read the whole interview here.
Okay, maybe you don’t have strong beliefs about the “right” way to load a dishwasher, or about your sweetheart’s propensity to do it “wrong.” In that case, either you are unusually saintly or (like me) you don’t own a dishwasher. But you almost certainly get involved in domestic disputes about who’s right and who’s wrong all the time; we all do. Although interpersonal arguments can have a number of causes – from serious and painful breaches in trust to the fact that we haven’t had our coffee yet – an impressive number of them amount to a tug-of-war over who possesses the truth. We fight over the right to be right.