When the news was released several days ago that Chuck Colson was near death, I walked to my book shelf and took down my copy of How Now Shall We Live? and perused through it again.
Admittedly, I haven’t picked up the book in several years, but I immediately remembered sitting in the student commons as a college student between classes when I read it the first time. It was through this book, more so than most others during that time, that God helped me to that Christianity was not the religion of the stupid.
Indeed, what Christianity needs isn’t less intellect; it’s more.
Trevin Wax eloquently writes about the same idea in his post appropriately titled, “Chuck Colson taught me how to think.”
Here are some of Trevin’s words in regard to the life of Colson:
I thank God for Chuck Colson. He was a man who sought to use his platform to be a faithful witness to the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
Others will speak of his prison ministry, his political involvement, and his keen understanding of the times in which we live. But I’m thankful personally for the way he helped me think. He was a man who pointed pilgrims and wanderers to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Colson’s words:
Either we are pilgrims looking for answers in order to make sense of our world, or we are wanderers who have turned off onto byways of distraction or despair, alienating ourselves from wonder. If you are reading this book, you probably are a seeker. That’s good. To be alive is to seek.