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Chuck Colson, controversial Water Gate figure and evangelical lightning rod is dead. He died today of a brain ailment. It is sad. For many reasons. Although he claimed to have converted to Christianity right after he was thrown in jail for his involvement with Richard Nixon, I'm not sure if he truly converted. A few years before his death, Colson performed two very devious actions that tarnished his conversion---in my opinion. First, he was one of the five 'evangelical leaders' that sent a letter to George Bush for going to war with Iraq. In the so called "Land Letter" he justified the preemptive strike against Iraq where thousands of lives were lost and millions of souls affected. And second, when ever he spoke about legalizing immigration he always vilified the immigrants. A true Christian would have never done any of those two things. Perhaps that is why it took him a long time to go right after surgery...He did not want to go without having a clear conscious. I just pray that the next Christian leaders are more conscionable about their actions and political views. I for one do not like to mix politics with religion. Our mandate as Christians is to strictly stick with the 'Great Commission." Our number one job is to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe--in peace, love and salvation.