In the last years of his life, Chuck Colson dedicated himself to the vision of starting a movement to renew the church so that it transforms and revitalizes culture. The Church has always done its best work when society has been at its worst. Such was the case in the 1700s in England when John and Charles Wesley along with George Whitfield, led the country in repentance and prayer and the Great Awakening began. On the heels of this, Chuck’s hero William Wilberforce joined forces with a group of committed believers who formed the Clapham Sect and set out to abolish the slave trade and “reform manners” — renew the culture in England. This led to the Victorian era — one of the greatest times in English history. Such was Chuck’s dream for our own society.
What can you do? People often feel that they are insignificant and powerless and can’t do anything to affect the problems in society. Chuck always took issue with this saying, “The best way to change culture is over the backyard fence and at the BBQ grill.” Politics doesn’t shape culture — it’s the other way around and it’s up to all of us to be restorers of our culture. If the Church doesn’t do it, who will? Not the government, not the media, no the academic elite.
The last meeting Chuck attended was the kickoff meeting of the Christian Worldview Coalition. He had convened ministry leaders from all across the country — people with a deep passion for renewing and redeeming our culture. He called for a sense of unity just as Jesus did in John 17:11: “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one, even as we are one.” We need to work together if we are to accomplish a revival in our country.
If you would like to honor Chuck by joining the Movement, here are some practical next steps. We have links to resources for each of these in the section that follows.
National Prayer Committee - http://nationalprayercommittee.com/
Networks of Christian leaders:
Mission America Coalition/Lausanne USA - http://www.missionamerica.org/
Wide Angle - http://www.breakpoint.org/resources/wide-angle-curriculum
Christian organizations in each Sphere of Influence:Business:
C12 - http://www.c12group.com/
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities - http://www.cccu.org/
Medicine and Biotechnology:
Arts, Entertainment, Media: