Saturday, August 5, 2017

Modern Confederates









Evils 
(by R.P.Edwards)

Ancient evil
Ever new
Problem is
It's ALWAYS you
MY hands are clean
MY motives pure
But of YOUR sin
I'm ever sure



In the news; the removal of confederate statuary around the country due to the undeniable linkage to the horrendous past practice of American slavery. I get it. Indeed, I can see how the vile institution that reduced a whole race of people to less than human status should not be celebrated, even indirectly. And, I can even understand how some, in their zeal to expunge, go so far as to applying this righteous measure to any who held slaves at anytime; founders included. Again, I get it.



However, before we topple another monument or rename another school may I simply point out that the evil we rail against so passionately is with us still. You see, the notion that some human life is more worthy than others is not a mindset limited to the ancient slaveholder, or the KKK, or the Ottoman Turks, or the Nazis, or present day Isis; no this hell-inspired belief is now cloaked in the bloody mantle of choice and its mantra is the same as always: "I choose that you die." So here’s my question: when we again regain the knowledge of good and evil, where will we send the wrecking ball? Universities? Union Halls? The Supreme Court building? DNC headquarters? Apostate churches? All these have had their hands in the abortionist’s glove and their continuance will be a painful reminder. But rather than that, how about we recognize that evil begins in the human heart.
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On the day of this posting this writer spent a little time on the sidewalk at one of the Midwest's most notorious Abortion Mills, the Hope Clinic for Women, in Granite City, Illinois (photo above). There were many in Saturday attendance: Mothers, fathers and friends, babies in Utero, paid accomplices to the "doing" doctor, AND unpaid (as far as I know) escorts who assisted in the march to the death chamber. 

While there a fellow among the intercessors took the time to belt out a rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and then tried, apparently in vain, to educated the abortion facilitators as to the connection between those who used to deem non-whites as subhuman, to the present day "confederates" who say human life is only of worth when "we say so." Evil, then; evil now. Oh! that the Lord would raise up firebrands in the pulpits and on the streets to fan revival's fire before fire of another kind...must surely fall.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jerusalem, President Trump, Jerusalem



Your Oath
(by R.P.Edwards)

Before your oath
Reflect with fear
For more than men
Your promise hear




The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...
(Proverbs 9:10)

The fear of man brings a snare...
(Proverbs 29:25)


The previous two proverbs came to mind upon the revelation that President Trump has recently failed to follow through on his campaign promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

Oh, I suppose there is reason behind the reneging. No doubt his top advisers, or perhaps his own deal-making psyche, determined that such an action at this time would unduly irritate and inflame the non-Jews in the area; putting in jeopardy the delicate peace-making process. 

But, Mr. President, a gentle reminder; we're not talking about an inconsequential piece of real-estate; but rather the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the land where the Christ walked and made the ultimate sacrifice; the land and people described as the apple of God's eye (Zechariah 2:8). You weren't required to make such a promise, but you did; and many of us added this weight to the scale which ultimately tipped in your favor.

So, Mr. President, when the current waiver runs out in six months, please follow through on this promise as you have with so many others. It will take some courage, but the coming fulfillment of your oath brings another proverb to mind:

When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, 
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
(Proverbs 16:7)

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Principal Financial's Finest






Daddy's here
(by R.P.Edwards)

"It's Okay
Daddy's here"
Every child
Needs to hear
But many men
Love only one
No time for daughters
No time for sons



I don't know how long the link will stay active, but the one minute promo for Principal Financial (above) grabbed me (I would say "moved," but that seems too revealing [oops]).

I suppose it could be that so much of this mini-marvel has happened, or IS happening, in my life--love, conception (planned and unplanned), kids growing, maturing, leaving--it reaches deep on many levels (in one measly minute!) BUT, perhaps, in this age of "choice," AND, since I'm often stationed near an abhorrent abortion mill, when the young man in this video puts his offspring first and postpones his college career, well, that sold it. Imagine, a man actually acting like one (I've seen O so many who don't). It's truly a wonderful message.

So, Principal Financial, you have my heartfelt thanks. AND, don't be surprised if more than just words are heading your way. In the meantime I think I'll watch this commercial again...and again...and most likely...again.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Reveal







Selective Sight
(by R.P.Edwards)

Obvious truth
You must CHOOSE to see
But many CHOOSE
To be deceived 




Recently some friends went to a "Reveal Party." Such gatherings are one of those affairs where the expectant couple "reveals" (in an entertaining way) the sex of the unborn child. Ta dah! Back in my day we found out the sex, sure enough, but we didn't have a party. And, of course in my parents' time the "reveal" happened one second after birth.

On occasion I stand prayerfully on the sidewalk in front of one of the Midwest's largest abortion mills and watch as women, often accompanied by their "no child support for me" partners enter said facility to have their "not a baby" removed. And I wonder to myself, why do some "know" that there's obviously a baby in there; and why do others resist this knowledge? Answer: the Supreme Court.

A reminder: voters did not choose abortion on demand; seven University sired jurists did. And, as a result, multiplied millions of Americans have not had the privilege of being revealed, born and loved. So, I say without qualm or remorse that the most dangerous branch of the Federal government is, and has been, the Supreme Court. Why? Because with a simple consensus the near-sacred Constitution may be altered to fit their ideological belief. Yes, from the Dred Scott case to Roe v Wade and beyond, their gross error becomes our epitaph. It is my prayer, therefore, that God raise up champions in this day to construct and codify a solution that will more easily remove the apostate without civil war or crossed-fingered selection. It is long overdue.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Need not apply




Same old, same old*
(by R.P.Edwards) 

Evil then
And evil now
Just a different face
The devil's way
To have his say
Destroy the human race


Recently the DNC Chair, Tom Perez, has come out and said that if you are pro-life you are not welcome in the Democratic Party. Although the standard code-words, such as "choice" and "health care," were used in the explanation, what the good gentleman has clearly conveyed is that if someone is a person of faith or simply an individual who wants to grant the unborn the measure of a reasonable doubt as to their humanity...you are not welcome in the party of Jefferson. And, as bad as that sounds, adding to this offense were those who quickly voiced their "amen" to this apostasy by saying,  "I'm personally against abortion, but I don't want to impose my beliefs upon others." Well, let's substitute the words "murder" or "slavery" for "abortion" and see if that logic holds.

You see, there are some issues that are more important than the all important "me," and certainly more important than Party; issues that will define a nation and determine its course and end. And, as it stands now, it appears the DNC has issued a challenge to the Almighty Himself. Let's see how He responds.

Oh, how I miss the days when the Democratic Party had participants like Representative Jerry Costello, who somehow held to traditional values and still conducted the business of the left. Sadly, those days are gone.

*PS, Oh my, it's always a good idea to reread one's work, but that should include any photos attached. The beginning poem (my shtick) mentions the devil, but I DID NOT mean to imply that Mr Perez was the personification of said being. However the practice of murdering the innocent smacks of Hell. No apology there.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Congratulations Justice Gorsuch!






Say again?
(by R.P.Edwards)

"So help me, God"
Seems rather odd
When swearing into place
For courts decreed
We have no need
Of God's amazing grace




Happened across the "swearing in" ceremony of our new associate justice of the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. I paused to take it in. 

Yes, important. Yes, far reaching. Yes, a victory for those of us who think the U.S. Constitution is not silly putty to be manipulated by the unelected. 

But, I must admit, I found it a bit amusing that the very institution that has done more to de-God our society (to our collective ill) still invokes the Almighty's name (with hand on Bible, no less) when soliciting an oath to fidelity. Yes, the ones (albeit former mostly) who equate even the smallest of federal contributions as grounds to secularize those infected; these, for some reason, bother to put a degree of weight on the custom that many with black robes abhor.

But, it was a nice diversion. AND, I believe the newest associate DOES indeed ascribe to the meaning behind the words. AND, perhaps with a few more like-minded appointments the horrendous damage already done...can be undone.

Here's a song for the occasion:




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Friday, March 17, 2017

America the Beautiful






O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness
America! America!
God mend thy every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law!

(from "America the Beautiful")


Just had the unction. It was a recurring rising. A bubbling. A "perhaps I should do that." AND, as a result, the simple rendition of "America the Beautiful" now resides at YouTube along with the millions more.

The lyrics were written by Katherine Lee Bates, and the music composed by Samuel A. Ward. Here's a link for the particulars (info).

Some have suggested that this wonderful expression be put in the place of the current National Anthem, or at least on equal footing. I find myself in the latter camp. And one reason; there's so much God in it. Every verse gravitates towards Him. Yes, a grounded tether, anchor, recognition that the "Why" of America the Beautiful...is the very source of all things good.

So, my simple attempt at a quartet is there for any. My thanks go to the Lord Jesus for His aid. And, to those so inclined to listen, may "God shed His grace on thee."

P.S. Concerning the video: I used the phrase, "U.S. flag flying in (state name)" in my google search for appropriate photos of the fifty (plus one). Take special note of Illinois. It points to a steel mill and community of which I am well acquainted. God Bless.

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