Chuck Colson

This is precisely the Wilberforce model of public engagement. Wilberforce was a conservative who advanced one of the great social reforms of his day—the abolition of slavery. It was his Christian worldview that informed his views about human dignity and human rights, just as it is our Christian worldview that informs us. And this sort of thing shatters the stereotype of evangelicals.

Allen Hertzke, who is Jewish and is mentioned in the article, is about to publish a book on evangelicals in the public square titled Freeing God’s Children: The Faith-Based Movement for International Human Rights. A friend who has seen the galleys says it is very positive about the way Christians have been engaged in this critical issue.

You can call us here at BreakPoint (1-877-322-5527) for a copy of The New York Times article. Use it with your friends who think Christians are narrow-minded and bigoted. You can remind them that over the centuries, it has been Christians—conservative Christians who believe the Bible—who have done and continue to do the greatest works of mercy and justice for the oppressed.

Jesus’ words are true: When we let our light shine before men, not only is God glorified, but people see the truth of Christianity.

For further reading and information:

Elisabeth Bumiller, “ Evangelicals Sway White House on Human Rights Issues Abroad ,” New York Times, 26 October 2003 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030929, “ The Other Terrorists: The President’s Resolve against Sex Trafficking .”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 031027, “ Blinded by Ideology: Abortion Trumps Health Care .”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030904, “ Jesus’ Special Interest: Prison Rape and the Law .”

Peter Goodspeed, “ Sudan peace talks inch closer to successful resolution ,” National Post ( Canada), 29 October 2003 .

A Compassionate Law: Signing the Sudan Peace Act ,” Wilberforce Forum, 22 October 2002 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 031009, “ Smashing Idols: Why God Loves the Poor .”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030707, “How Quickly They Forget: Christians In (and Out of) the News.”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 020717, “Earning a Second Look: The New Christian Internationalism.”

Kevin Belmonte, Hero for Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce  (NavPress, 2002).

Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett, Christianity on Trial  (Encounter, 2001).

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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