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Countercultural Icon

by Chuck Colson

In modern America, film and television are powerful shapers of culture. They provide shared experiences; they influence the way people think about the world around them.

They can even help establish powerful cultural traditions. Especially before the age of movie rentals and DVDs, there were a few things you could always count on happening every year: that is, families gathering around the TV to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's a Wonderful Life or The Wizard of Oz.

But for my money, the greatest TV tradition took place at Easter: sitting down to watch Charlton Heston play Moses in The Ten Commandments and the title role in Ben Hur. The excellent production values and storytelling of these films, and in particular the powerful, dignified acting of Heston, brought the Bible and its characters into homes everywhere, many of which might have had no other experience with or knowledge of Christianity.

So, I am sure that when many heard of Heston's death, they felt a part of their own lives had passed along as well. He was, as many have written, a cultural icon.

And if you had to pick a cultural icon worthy of the status, you could not do much better than Charlton Heston. If you have been reading the tributes, you have seen why: Married to his wife, Lydia, for 64 years, a beloved father and grandfather, a staunch supporter of civil rights who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and stood nearby as King delivered the immortal "I Have a Dream" speech.

Yet there are those who deride Heston for the causes that he devoted himself to later in his life, such as Second Amendment rights and protecting kids from an increasingly coarse culture. I think these people are missing something. It is not the man who goes easily along with the prevailing winds of the culture who most deserves our respect and admiration. It is the man who stands up for his beliefs, against the popular trends of the day?even when he has something to lose.

If Charlton Heston had not been such a man, he never would have supported civil rights when he did?that was a time when much of Hollywood, and much of America, just did not care. By the same token, if he had not been such a man, he would not have stood up years later in a Time-Warner shareholders' meeting and read aloud the complete lyrics of rapper Ice-T's "Cop Killer" CD that Time-Warner had just released.

Later, Heston recalled, "When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said 'We can't print that.' 'I know,' I replied, 'but Time-Warner's selling it.' Two months later, Time-Warner terminated Ice-T's contract." Heston said, "I'll never be offered another film by Warner, or get a good review from Time magazine." But much more important to Heston than any career opportunity, was doing what he knew was right.

That is what made him such a great and rare figure. He was not content just to be celebrated as a cultural icon for playing roles like Moses, Ben-Hur, Michelangelo, and others. He was willing to risk scorn and ridicule to be a countercultural icon as well. And he was as courageous in his life as the characters he portrayed on film. May his example inspire many others to take such a stand, to help shape, heal, and transform our culture.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson is a syndicated columnist, international speaker, radio commentator, and the founder of Prison Fellowship and Breakpoint. He has visited prisons throughout the U.S. and the world and has built a movement working with more than 40,000 prison ministry volunteers, with ministries in 100 countries. He has written 22 books, which have collectively sold more than five million copies. His autobiographical book Born Again was one of the nation's best-selling books of all genres in 1976 and was made into a feature-length film. In 1991 Colson launched a daily radio feature called "BreakPoint," a unique and well-received attempt to provide a distinct Christian worldview on everyday issues and conflicts. The program is aired daily on over 1,000 radio outlets nationwide.  Visit his website at:

You may send correspondence to Mr. Colson at: c/o Prison Fellowship, 1856 Old Reston Avenue, Reston, VA 20190-3321.




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Thought For The Day

"Honor's a lease for life to come."

Verse for the Day

"We are looking forward to a new heaven and a
new earth, the home of the righteous." -- 2 Peter 3:13

Toddler's Thought For The Day

"If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still
growing is like clearing the drive before it has
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Coach's Thought For The Day

"Those that know how to win are much more
numerous than those who know how to make
proper use of their victories." -- Polybius

Writer's Thought For The Day

"No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write.
The world is not waiting with bated breath for your
article or book. Whether or not you get a single word
on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the
universe will expand. Writing is forever and always
a choice -- your choice." --Beth Mende Conny

Deep Thought For The Day

"The X-ray technician married one of his patients. Everybody
wondered what he saw in her."



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