Speaker Boehner on the Passing of Chuck Colson

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship: 

“Chuck Colson lived an extraordinary life.  He was a man who experienced tremendous lows yet went on to spark a movement of ideas and people focused on spiritual transformation.  His calling was to minister to prisoners and their families through Prison Fellowship, an organization emphasizing spiritual renewal that is active in more than 100 countries across the globe.  Chuck was a patriot who loved America.  He was a Marine.  He was a mentor.  He was also a best-selling author, a broadcaster, and a leader – one who inspired a generation of Christian believers to defend the faith while showing true compassion for people forgotten by society.  In the eyes of the world, he was a person who had it all and then lost it all.  But in God’s eyes, Chuck’s path in life was just preparation for His higher purposes.  Through the full picture of the life Chuck Colson led, Americans saw that a broken man can accept the gift of redemption and embrace a new life devoted to the service and redemption of others.  This will be his legacy.  We, his countrymen, join the Colson family in mourning their loss, and in celebrating the gift that was his extraordinary life.”

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