I lost 2 of my heroes in the recent week. It’s rare that 2 leading evangelicals over significant ministries would pass in one week, but it’s true. One of those leaders was Chuck Colson. The headlines have read “Nixon’s Hatchet Man Dies” or “Watergate’s Culprit Passes Away.” Chuck Colson was deep in the scandal of President Nixon’s scandal years ago. Before being sentenced to prison, Colson claimed he was converted to Christianity.
While many saw this as an attempt to lower his sentence, his time in jail, and his time after jail displayed remarkable fruit and he never backed down from his Christian commitment. He started an international prison ministry that has impacted countless men and women for Christ. He has written some amazing books filled with great intellect concerning a Christian worldview and a humble disposition concerning his previous way of life. While he started very poorly, he finished strong.
The other man won’t make as many headlines, but he was still a strong ambassador in the Kingdom, but his death is more tragic.