Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: The Colson Way by Owen Strachan

In this hostile culture, there is the temptation to sound retreat. After the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in the United States, many Christians were panicking. Many posts on social media were written saying that we are no longer a Christian nation. Yet, the Bible does tell us that we are "sojourners and exiles" (1 Peter 2:11) in this world.

Can Christians speak truth mixed with grace in the public square? Can Christians continue to be faithful in a culture that tells us to shut it about our faith? Owen Strachan addresses living the Christian life and loving other in the world around us that is hostile in his latest book, The Colson Way. Some of you are probably wondering who is this Colson person. For starters, it is not Phil Colson from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Chuck Colson is known throughout the evangelical world for starting Prison Fellowship after he served time in prison for his part in the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Colson was known for communicating the Christian message in setting that were anti-Christian but did not do it with hate but with grace and truth.

What Strachan does in this book is to take parts of Colson's life and see how we, as Christians living in a hostile culture, can learn form him. Strachan makes a disclaimer that this is not a biography of Colson which is true even though we do learn about him in the book. Strachan said this book is ground in the Lord Jesus Christ in which He still rules the world and this book is not in respond to the fears that many Christians have today. What need to learn from Colson is how bold he was in his faith during his life.

What I love about this book is that even though it does give us facts about Colson, it always points back to the gospel. Strachan knows that while Colson is a great example for the faith, we should always lean back on Jesus. This book couldn't have come at a better time when Christians are wondering how they are going to live out their faith in America. Of course, this does not just apply to Christians living in the United States, but for all Christians living in places where Christianity is met with hostility. I highly recommend this book.

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