Friday, October 17, 2014

No Tyrants allowed

To Tyrants
(by R.P.Edwards)

Your power, sir
Is just on loan
So careful make
Your rules
For though your strength
You think your own
The voters
Are not fools

It should make every semi-conscious American's blood boil; elected officials abusing their power. Yes, those who gained their "position" by garnering support from WE THE PEOPLE, betraying the trust of the same.

The mayor of Houston, and her minions, don't like the idea of "pastors" possibly preaching (gasp!) the Bible. So, they issued subpoenas demanding sermons and communications for examination by these of a different faith (which, frankly, is exactly the case).

What caused the hubbub? A controversial ordinance that was shoved down the peoples throat having to do with unsavory (to many, most even) actions by gender-shifters. An ordinance that purposely bypassed the process of public endorsement.

Speaking as a liberty-loving American, I dearly hope that liberals and conservatives alike rise and go through the steps to throw these "bullies" out of office. Whatever your leaning, let us join together and make sure "tyrants" are not allowed to sully our sacred seats.

Here's a link that tells a bit more: Houston bullies pastors

PS: The above video is an encouragement for "believers" to vote their faith in the upcoming midterms.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hamilton's Child

They may be called by other things

But what they really are…they’re kings

(from the Song, American Kings, by R.P.Edwards)

Whoever attentively considers the different departments of power must perceive, that, in a government in which they are separated from each other, the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them.      From Federalist Paper #78,  Alexander Hamilton                                                                   


           “Another letter from Mr. Jefferson,” said the courier, a middle-aged, uniformed, somewhat hobbled veteran due to the conflict a decade past, as he delivered yet another message from the current ambassador to France.

            “Thank you,” said Alexander Hamilton as he reached and grabbed reflexively, barely taking his eyes from the parchment where he was writing, ironically, Federalist paper #78.

            As the attendant could be heard shuffling down the main hallway the statesman opened the correspondence and scanned the eloquent words sent by the author of the Nation’s birth certificate.  After a minute of study the paper was placed to the side and, as he continued his needful essay he muttered a response to the very distant Jefferson. “A wayward judiciary? Too powerful? Potential tyrants? Ridiculous. It would be impossible, old friend. Impossible. The people would not stand for it.”


“Irreversible,” that was the word I heard this October eve from a Fox commentator as to the inevitability of “gay marriage,” due to the “action” and “inaction” of the judiciary. The will of the people be damned. And, from past observation I know this individual (who I rather like) is sympathetic to the cause; being one of the “if two people truly love each other,” crowd. 

However, as I’ve said before (more than once I suppose), the “institution” is far more than an emotional linkage; it finds its roots in “Thus saith the Lord,” and, as such, to tamper with the definition is to, once again, call our great benefactor…a liar. And that, dear reader, is to invite disaster.

But, aside from the muddying of the “sacred institution” the underlying tragedy is, once again, that the Judiciary has taken on powers that (if Mr Hamilton’s writings mean anything) the founders could not have imagined. Heaven only knows what it will take to reverse this trend.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu and the UN

Netanyahu UN 2014
(by R.P.Edwards)

When one misstep 
Means all is lost
Your words are few
You KNOW the cost
And so you try
To share your sight
Of evil's goal
The coming night
And so you speak
To covered ears
 Perchance to wake
A reasoned fear
Of future truths
A grisly gist
The price of pause
The window missed
And so relay
The have-tos path
To stem the storm
To blunt the wrath
Before the flash
And certain death
Removes the skeptic's
Way and breath
And so with words
You tell the loss
To change the steps 
And count...the cost

Happened to hear the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's, speech to the UN the other day (well, I didn't just HAPPEN to hear it. I heard it was coming, and waited, expectantly, for it). He did not disappoint.

There was no mincing of words. He laid out the scenario (yes, using persuasive asides and tie-ins) that led to the gist of the speech...which was: Iran getting the nuke would bring dire consequences. 

Think about it for just a moment. Of course it would!  Knowing the mindset of the "I'll kill you if you don't convert or agree" element that has a prominent place in Islam....of course it would! In fact, it's absolutely insane to think otherwise!  And, to somehow think the "I hate Israel" crowd, thus armed, would not be emboldened to follow through on their evil heart's desire; this too is in the realm of lunacy. And, if I may, to think a nuclear Israel will sit idly by while "we" hem and haw and do nothing; this too calls for psychological evaluation.

Anyway, it's time to get serious and I hope the words of the warrior will stir some to action. The speech is linked above for those interested, along with a side of Huckabee; a potential President who seems to understand the times we live in, and is a staunch, STAUNCH supporter of Israel.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Shameful R Us

(by R.P.Edwards)

It's one thing
If weak
Are you
And words
Are all
You give
But those with might
Whose choice
Is flight
Then Shame
Is where
They live

If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
(Proverbs 24:10)

In the news: A prayer vigil and awareness raiser concerning Pastor Saeed Abedini; an American imprisoned and mistreated for over two years in Iran for his Christian faith. Why so long? Because the Obama administration has chosen to not properly influence Tehran.

It's that simple.

I'll not belabor the point other than to say, American's knew what they were getting when they reelected President Obama. Our tepid and turncoat foreign doings are done with "our" majority-rules blessing and now, as the "more of the same" engines work their little tails off to keep the like-minded in the Congress I wonder; yes, I wonder if we'll ever have a different kind of leader...leading us. And yes, I still have hope for President Obama. But running out.

Huckabee's looking good.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Coal me, baby!

Coal me!
(by R.P.Edwards)

Coal for breakfast!
Coal for lunch!
Coal on Sunday!
We call it brunch
Coal with crackers!
Coal with stew!
Coal with lattes!
Coal fondu! 
Coal for mittens!
Coal for caps!
Coal for toasty, winter naps!
Coal for houses!
Coal for pools!
Coal for daddy's power tools!
Coal for ladies!
Coal for kids!
Coal for men with balding lids!
Coal for fashion!
Coal for roads!
Coal for young!
And coal for old!
Yes, coal's the ticket!
Black and rich!
Coal's the scratch
For our nation's itch!
So search it!
Find it!
'neath the sod!
Lots of coal!
Supplied by God!
Then add a filter!
And call it friend!
Our use for coal
Will never end! 

I DO like the beard (which reminds me, I need to update my "photo" as it is several years outdated and I, too, am much...hairier) [Done]. Anyway, Mr. DiCaprio, fine actor that he is (blah, blah, blah, pleasant platitudes ad naseam), is now a U.N. "Messenger of Peace," burdened with the task of educating all as to the dangers of Global Warming, no, Climate change. Which, if successful, will ultimately bankrupt us all.

I'll not ramble on other than to suggest a humorous bit on the subject by Michael Loftus which I recently viewed. Here's a youtube link: Michael Loftus on the lies of Global Warming  And, if you are not quite sated, enjoy a helping of The Chicago Cubs and Global Warming, a video I put out a few years back,   Enjoy.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mariam Ibraheem

Mariam Ibraheem
(by R.P.Edwards)

Bold confessions
Are Easily said
Where freedom guards
The speaker's bed
But feel the knife
THEN speak the words
These, my friend
Are in heaven

Jesus said, 32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 10:32,33)

Hopefully the reader knows the story: Mariam Ibraheem, a Sudanese citizen, was accused of apostasy (i.e. leaving Islam) and sentenced to death unless she recanted her new-found Christian faith (Truth: she NEVER was a Muslim; always a Christian. She did, however, marry an American who was also a Christian). Shackled in prison (also caring for a toddler), she gave birth to her second child, all-the-while pressured by visitors to renounce and renew. She refused.

Just a thoughtful observation: How easy it is for we American believers to say we are followers of the Nazarene. We who had this "freedom" handed to us (we certainly didn't earn it). We, who only risk having our "feelings" hurt for our proclamation (rather than facing the noose or the knife). And I wonder; I wonder if I--knowing my predisposition to compromise and "get along"--I wonder if I would be so bold as to place my head, willingly, in the noose as brave Mariam Ibraheem did. I hope so. 

Anyway, she could use some support (prayers and otherwise). Here's a link to her website:  Mariam Ibraheem

"I had my faith in God...I knew that God would help me"
(Mariam Ibraheem)


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here's hoping...

(by R.P.Edwards)

I believe in conversions
Who, through revelation
Saw self-made towers...fall
Eyes divinely opened
To see
Then kneel 
And turn
Then walk a new direction
The old direction...spurn
With knowledge born of bonding
With He whose way is light
To suddenly see contrast
Between the wrong...and right
To cease from fruitless labor
Amazing grace, receive
To know the righteous standing 
For those who just believe

Yes, I'm a believer in conversions. It's that light-bulb, ah ha!, now I see it! moment in a person's life when divine revelation is--usually by desperate invitation--given from above.

Along this line some of the more famous historical converts are mentioned in the poem. For instance, John Newton; the vile former slave trader who, after conversion, penned the most famous Christian hymn, Amazing Grace. Also, Martin Luther, who, after travailing over the seemingly unattainable goal of earning God's righteousness, his eyes were divinely opened to the liberating Biblical truth of salvation without works (again, amazing grace). And then there's the Apostle Paul, who, frankly, seemed quite content in his zealous persecution of the followers of the Nazarene until the Lord showed up and abruptly put an end to his spiritual blindness (temporarily blinding him in the process, Acts 9). Yes, conversion; each genuine believer has one and, although "earning" is not a part of the experience, the "works" that follow give evidence to the work...within.

So, why this little blurb about the "turning?" Well, as this humble offering is written mere hours before the president addresses the nation as to his "strategy" to deal with an evil in the east, I am (perhaps naively) hoping that a deeper work is being done in the chief executive. Often a subject of prayer, I know that the Commander in Chief has been in the crucible of late and, as the pestle of monumental problems has been increasing grinding on his psyche, I am hoping, hoping! that the "Christianity" he professes becomes a genuine joining with the enabler of kings. Yes, that like some before him (President wise) he lay bare his very human soul to the omnipotent being that can then...lift him up.

Here's hoping...

By-the-way, a final verse to the poem...

So take heart, fellow pilgrim
For they who scoff at true
Conversion suddenly appears
Just like it did
For you