Unless I missed it, in this one liberal AP – Associated Press news article printed on the Daily Caller website, I think it simply amazing how liberal media pieces like this, diminish and cast aspirations upon the Christian conversion experience and a life changed by the historical and everlasting Christ. They will use a “Christian death occasion” like this, to moralize – and, never at the same time, allow themselves to inspect their own self righteous (holier-than-thou) missions of sinful political propaganda activity.
The news piece [does] state half way through that:
“Before Colson went to prison he became a born-again Christian, but critics said his post-scandal redemption was a ploy to get his sentence reduced…..”
But, the blind sighted news media piece, at the beginning of the article, says of Colson:
“His proclamations following his release [from prison] that he was a new man, redeemed by his religious faith, were met with more than skepticism by those angered at the abuses he had perpetrated as one of Nixon’s hatchet men.”
However, many Christians remember Charles Colson, – that he was “redeemed” by faith in Christ, not by “his religious convictions,” as a person’s religious convinctions are a far cry from genuine faith in Christ, which (faith) is born from above – God, initiated and not an invention of human aspirations of sincerity and endeavors. [New Testament - John 3 ; John 1:11-13 ; Ephesians 2:1-10]
I will also venture to say that by and large the news media are heathen in nature. Those “reporting” the news are generally souls who are unregenerate. Hence they cannot appreciate and understand how the crucified and resurrected Christ can transform a person’s life as it was reflected in the life and altered activities of Charles Colson, some 30 years after his Watergate involvement.
Furthermore, (and not at all, to diminish Colson’s past criminal activity), Colson’s political criminal activity vis-à-vis the Watergate scandal, was, “child’s play” compared to all the abominations and corruptions of our present White House occupant, Obama, who is under investigation for identification forgery by a county Arizona Sheriff, – not to elaborate upon Obama’s usurpation of the US presidency because he has not met the requirement of possessing a “natural born citizenship” status.
Finally, I am not surprised that the lib media would use every occasion to ignore and smoke screen the present dishonest and corrupt activities of the Obama Administration, by its scrutinizing, of the [soft core] Watergate Scandal. Hypocrisy indeed, – as there is no mention of Obama’s [hard core] scandals perpetrated right in front of our American faces!
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Nathan M. Bickel – pastor emeritus