Remembering Chuck Colson

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 21, 2012
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media, Video Archives

Like you, our hearts are so heavy, hearing the news that Chuck Colson has left us for Home and, of course, we pray for his wife Patty and the family. There will be other prophetic voices that will now rise up to call our nation back to moral absolutes, but none will have the authority and gravitas of our friend, Chuck.

I first met this remarkable man in 1976 when Zondervan published both Joni and his book Born Again. My story was about finding freedom through the confinement of my wheelchair; Chuck’s was about finding freedom in Christ after his confinement in prison. Our connection between those two books would be the platform of a deep friendship that would continue to grow over the years. Our paths crossed often from 1976 on, and we frequently found ourselves together on the front lines (at press conferences or in Washington DC), speaking to the sanctity of life, ethical stem cell research, and the rights of the medically fragile, newborns with disabilities and the elderly. If I had a question, or I needed his advice on some court decision jeopardizing people with disabilities, Chuck was my go-to source. And when I was appointed to the National Council on Disability, he was the first one I called. No one knew the halls of Washington quite like this man.

It was only a couple of weeks ago I was with him at the Wilberforce Weekend – that afternoon Chuck led a group of us in a discussion on how we might work together more closely for the sanctity of life, religious liberties and the institution of marriage. He looked a little tired in the meeting, but never did we foresee that just hours later he would collapse.

All of us at Joni and Friends will miss hearing him speak into the urgent issues facing our nation. His last few years were poured into the development and promotion of the Manhattan Declaration, a powerful document that issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly on convictions about life, marriage, and religious liberties. He would encourage us to study and sign the declaration (which you can do by visiting It would be an important way you could honor the legacy of this remarkable Christian.

With Chuck's voice silent, who will now speak to the sanctity of life? The institution of marriage as a union between one man and one woman? And our religious liberties which are now more in jeopardy than ever due to proposed regulations in the new healthcare law? Who will speak up? Chuck would want you to be that voice – you and me, together standing strong for the Gospel of Christ and the sacredness of all life. Thanks, friend, for doing this for Chuck’s sake, but mostly for the sake of Christ.


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Just today I saw your picture and decided to take a look at your ministry. That is where I read that Chuck Colson has gone to our heavenly home. I too will miss him.
  • April 30, 2012
  • 2:57 p.m.
  • Beverly Irvin
I heard you on moody tell about this.I was very moved. All of us will miss him God worked wonder in his life. I would like to have heard Christ My Savior say well done my good and faithfull servant. Someday you will hear God saythe same to you. God has bless you also.
  • April 28, 2012
  • 5:01 p.m.
  • edie graham
Joni-I met you at Chuck's 75th birthday at the PF headquarters. Even in the brief moments we spoke, I could see that evening that yes, yours is a true friendship with Chuck. So many of us that had the privilege of working with him are proud to have called him both friend and hero. Thank you for posting this kind message. It means a lot to so many of us.
  • April 26, 2012
  • 5:24 p.m.
  • Kerry Morgan
Chuck was a guiding light for our nation.As a former prisoner, I want to say thank you to him for not forgetting those who are behind bars.My life is richer for knowing a man like him.Thank you God.
  • April 26, 2012
  • 10:01 a.m.
  • Leona
Heaven is all the richer for his presence, and we left behind are mourning his passing. But what a legacy he left us. His testaments to his faith in God - Loving God, Born Again, How Now Shall We Live. I will always be the better person for having Chuck Colson cross my path many years ago, though he would not know my name or recognize my faith. My deep sympathies to the Colson.
  • April 23, 2012
  • 7:13 p.m.
  • Judy Nowlin
Thankyou Lord for the life of Chuck Colson and for how he inspired us with his care for many people. Thankyou for such an incredible brother in Christ!
  • April 23, 2012
  • 12:40 a.m.
  • Joanne Hibbert
Joni, thank you posting this tribute to Chuck. He was like a wise Uncle to me giving good advise on his break-point radio commentary, I will miss him! Chuck was a MAN, a fine example to us all on now to live. I am thankful for his wonderful well lived life!
  • April 22, 2012
  • 4:01 p.m.
  • ken martin
  • April 22, 2012
  • 2:01 p.m.
  • Cynthia Mills
Your video voiced my sentiments as I asked the same question. Thank you for the reminder that we all have the responsibility to speak up for the sanctity of life. We may not have the platform that you or Chuck have had but that does not mean we can not use every opportunity that comes our way to speak truth to a lost and dying world.
  • April 22, 2012
  • 1:55 p.m.
  • Lynn Masters
Chuck Colson was truly an expression of God's grace and power. He was my hero in the Faith. God bless his family at this time.
  • April 22, 2012
  • 11:35 a.m.
  • Walt Blauvelt
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