Chuck Colson Honored with Inaugural ‘Conviction and Courage’ Award

Chuck Colson speaking at NRB 2010 Awards DinnerBiola University honored the legacy of the late Chuck Colson by awarding him the inaugural Charles W. Colson Conviction and Courage Award at the university’s commencement last week.

Biola University, in consultation with the Colson family, established the Charles W. Colson Conviction and Courage Award to honor the legacy of one of evangelical Christianity’s most eloquent and influential voices. Future recipients of the award will be individuals who demonstrate commitment to the unshakable truths of a biblical worldview, as well as a willingness to act on biblical convictions, however risky or challenging it may be.

“Clearly, the leadership at Biola knew Chuck very well,” said Alan Terwilleger, President of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a research and training center launched in 2009 for the promotion of Christian worldview teaching. “The criteria they have established for this award so exemplify everything Chuck wanted to be as a servant of Jesus Christ: Someone with the conviction of his biblical worldview. Someone with courage to face and overcome resistance. Someone who pours himself out for religious freedom, for the least, the last, and the lost. Someone who sees the need for visionary leadership in the church. An evangelist. A disciple. A person committed to advancing the Kingdom of God.”

Colson had been a central figure in the evangelical Christian community since he shocked the Washington establishment in 1973 by revealing his new Christian commitment in the midst of the Watergate inquiry.

In 1976, he founded Prison Fellowship, which has since become the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and prisoner families. In his lifetime, Colson also authored more than 30 books and founded a daily radio show, BreakPoint, which today airs on some 1,400 radio outlets nationwide to an audience of eight million listeners.

He also received 15 honorary doctorates and was the principal writer of the Manhattan Declaration, which calls on Christians to defend the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. To date, more than half a million people have signed the Manhattan Declaration.

Receiving the award on Colson’s behalf at Biola’s commencement ceremonies last week was his son, Christian Colson, who said his father, if present, “would immediately give all the honor to Jesus Christ, and to the thousands of men and women whom he inspired to bring the Gospel to the least, the last, and the lost.”

“In that spirit, I and the Colson family gladly accept this inaugural award on his behalf.”

Chuck Colson went to be with the Lord on April 21, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patty; three children; and five grandchildren.

Published: June 5 , 2014