To the editor:
Donald Kaul's syndicated article "Remembering Charles Colson" in last weekend's edition castigates Charles Colson as a villain, both before and after his religious conversion. The details of Colson's vile exploits probably are distorted by Kaul's acidic animosity, but in reality they are understated.
Colson was a worse sinner than even Kaul describes. He said so himself.
Kaul writes that he doubts Colson's conversion. He accuses Colson of doing more harm in the second half of his life than in the first half. This is remarkably lame, if not outright dishonest, even allowing for literary hyperbole and Kaul's obvious political bias.
One might disagree with Colson's politics and reject his gospel message (as many do), but his life change was undeniable. Fallen from the halls of power, Colson traveled to the most unpleasant and dangerous places on earth to plead tirelessly for basic humans rights, especially for prisoners.
He became an unlikely champion for the oppressed, not from an ivory tower of political authority, but from the dungeons of prison hell holes worldwide. Whether one admired Charles Colson or despised him, few people on earth have demonstrated a more radical life change through an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Donald Kaul's column reflects a life unchanged by faith - angry, judgmental, and bitter. In stark contrast towers the flawed life of Charles Colson, redeemed by God's grace.