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And once described as the evil genius of the Nixon administration.
Who went on to become a force for good died over the weekend chuck Colson was -- Senior political analyst for him has some thoughts tonight uncle since -- Greer -- Brit -- the last time I saw chuck Colson was over dinner in Florida in early march.
The occasion was an event in support of a ministry that recruits native people in remote corners of the world to spread the gospel.
I was there to speak at chuck request I knew little about that ministry but the fact that he was supporting it was enough for me.
Chuck was the kind of Christian who when he called you came.
As a young investigative reporter in Washington during the Nixon years I'd pursued chuck Colson and a very different way.
He was -- tough guy political enforcer in the Nixon White House whose zeal led him afoul of the law and eventually to jail.
His conversion to christianity during that ordeal illustrates what the term amazing grace means.
He founded a ministry to prisoners it now operates in more than 100 countries his passionate faith expressed in books articles and speeches.
-- -- one of the most important advocate for christianity in our time the willfulness and determination that led him into trouble never left.
But in the last thirty years of his life they were in the service of people he might -- have condemned.
To the end there were some who scoffed at his conversion but not those who saw firsthand what it be done to him and what he had done because of it.
A pastor rhino likes to say that if you chase after Jesus -- chase after you.
-- -- be glad that in my small way I joined chuckles and chase it.
Bird did you ever talk with him about those days that you were chasing him as a reporter and and he was in the next and that is certainly did it.
We're back we joke about it that night over dinner and you know he famously said.
During the Nixon's reelection campaign that he walker was grandmother they get Nixon reelected in what was working for Jack Anderson but it was just an office one afternoon we called -- -- is the way to.
We we -- -- reporter for some organization and we had a cup when there was a woman -- Milwaukee we claimed to claimed to be a grandmother and and excuse she was furious with him and -- did say.
And -- that way than having in this respect we never got a phone -- -- -- -- -- -- of another report -- not a person -- reported the same thing and then I picked up the phone and called and I the woman as I said this has had a Madigan in Milwaukee college and you -- advance and money's not gonna walk all -- maybe don't vote for -- -- -- -- -- got a big laugh about it when -- -- -- amenities that.
He never heard.
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