Turning up the Tares

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:24-30)

This parable taught by Jesus was referring to evil living alongside God’s people in the world. When asked if the tares should be pulled from growing along with the wheat, Jesus taught that they would be harvested at the end to prevent damaging the good crop. The teaching answers why evil is allowed to prevail among good.

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Mark Levin Reads “Hope Rides Alone”

This past Friday night, Mark Levin , known as F. Lee Levin by Rush Limbaugh and The Great One by Sean Hannity, read Eddie’s letter, Hope Rides Alone, on his radio show. It is a very moving reading, done in a way only Mark Levin could do.

Thanks to Scott of Mark Levin Fan Blog for sending this to me, to Mr. Levin for reading, and once again to Frank Salvato of The New Media Journal for publishing it.

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Victory Through Veto

We are now at a crossroads in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed their versions of the Surrender Bill. Each bill contains timetables for withdrawal that tells the enemy that if you just lay low for a year, stop attacking us, America will run home just as it did in Vietnam and Somalia…

If you’d like to read the rest of the article titled “Victory Through Veto“, go to the New Media Journal and click the link under the headlines there.

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Culture of Death Begins Gnashing of Teeth

As you know, this past Wednesday, April 18, a great victory was won for unborn children. The US Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003. Praise God! The loud whine you heard was not the jet engine dryers used at NASCAR races but the gnashing of teeth from the Left. Why the outcry? Because they have been betrayed by their holy temple. See what I mean by reading my article, Culture of Death Begins Gnashing of Teeth, and thanks once again to Frank Salvato of the New Media Journal for providing an outlet to us “aspiring writers.”

Have a blessed weekend!

Nevada Negation

Nevada’s one of the most conservative states in the Union, but you can do what you want in Vegas and nobody judges you. Drew Carey

If comedian Drew Carey is to be believed, would someone in the “Battle Born State” please explain Senator Harry Reid! How is it that the state whose motto is “All For Our Country” elected someone whose personal motto is “All For the Democrats”? You’ve by now heard that Senator Reid believes that the “war is lost.” It is encouraging to note that people in Senator Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, NV are not 100% behind him (see video).

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And The Week Is Only Half Over!

Wow! Where to begin? First, praise God for the Supreme Court upholding the ban on partial birth abortion signed by President Bush. While I understand why some evangelicals stayed away from the polls in 2006, the presidential nomination is huge. As Rod Martin wrote on his blog today:

“For those who’ve decided the Presidency doesn’t matter, or that a Republican Congress (which we no longer have) can better restrain spending with a Democrat President, the message is perfectly clear: a Hillary or an Obama would have appointed another Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Court, turning this 5-4 victory for life into a 6-3 defeat. Right now, Roe v. Wade itself is on the ropes. One more Republican Presidency could finish it; one more Democrat could keep it on the books for a generation.”

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Global Warming Gag

One can only imagine how hot it would be this month of April if it were not for global warming. I mean instead of it being the coldest April in 113 years, it would be the coldest April ever!

I know, you’re thinking, how I can I deny global warming when there is such a consensus about it? Because science is not a consensus. Please see what the brilliant Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has to say about the media coverage of global warming.

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Goodbye Giuliani

Well if anyone still doubts Rudy Giuliani’s inability to win the GOP nomination, then take a gander at this: Giuliani stands by support of publicly-funded abortions.

If any self-respecting Republican, you RINOs included, think that Rudy Giuliani is going to win the GOP nomination believing that abortion is a constitutional right, then you need to have a closer look at that bump on your head.

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Toodleloo Tax Cuts

Thanks to Carol Loewen for sending me an article written by House Minority Leader John Boehner titled “Back to the Future.” It seems that our old Democrat friends are back at their old games (in the immortal words of Gomer Pyle, “surprise, surprise!”)

In a not least bit surprising move, the Democrats loaded the emergency funding bill for our troops (one being my son) in harm’s way with some unbelievable pork! And please do not be fooled by the RINOs voting against the bill. Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn) defended the 100 million dollars for national convention security as necessary! HEY SENATOR COLEMAN, HOW ABOUT PUTTING THAT IN ANOTHER BILL, SAY LIKE FY 2008! (Sorry for yelling, but my son and the troops really need funds now)

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RINO Hunting

I’m trying to decide what should be the acceptable grade to be considered a conservative. Seventy-five percent seems a little low because that is a mid-level “C” grade which is just average, but can’t we do better? Having said that and using 75% as a measuring rod, here are the “RINOs” up for reelection in 2008 with their 2006 ratings and lifetime ratings in parenthesis from the American Conservative Union (http://www.acuratings.org/2006all.htm#MN)

Alaska Ted Stevens 64 (64.5)

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No More Cut and Run!

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.”

The above quote is from our first president, George Washington. If the “Father of Our Country” were alive today and in command of our forces in Iraq, I wonder what he would say about the Murtha inspired, Pelosi driven cut and run bill passed by the House of Representatives Friday.

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Pastor’s Perspective

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to the new feature for “Salt and Light.”  I have asked my pastor, Dr. Dennis Brunet to help shed some light on very contemporary and somewhat controversial issues.  We will be exploring why evangelicals take the stands they do.  Stay tuned!

Also, if you haven’t got yours yet, you’re going to want to get a copy of my book, “Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland.”  Just hit the link on the lower righthand column and it will take you to Amazon. 

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Freedom Feels Good

Thanks again to Frank Salvato of The New Media Journal!  He has published Eddie’s latest article, Freedom Feels Good, an article that actually began as a reply to one of the responses he received for his first article, Hope Rides Alone.  Check it out; it is as powerful as the first.  Thanks again to Frank and to Greg Allen of The Right Balance for doing all they can to get Eddie’s writings out into the public domain.

As for Part 5 of “Reviving the Republicans” (no I didn’t forget), I was actually waiting on Congress to act on this anti-escalation/surge resolution so I could include that in part of the antidote to RINOs which is Part 5.  That’s like waiting on my grass to grow in the winter.

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You’ve Got To Read This!

My son Eddie is serving his second combat tour in Iraq and he recently sent me an article after seeing all the bad press about the Iraq War.  My heartfelt thanks to Greg Allen of The Right Balance for introducing me to Frank Salvato of the New Media Journal, an online magazine with excellent and hard-hitting articles.  Frank was gracious enough to publish Eddie’s article, “Hope Rides Alone.”  Frank and I will be on Greg’s radio show tomorrow morning talking about Eddie’s article.  Please tune in at 10:15 central time.  (Just hit the link for the Right Balance)

Christian In Name Only (CINO)

Note: Below is a response I wrote in an email to my good friend Dino Minutillo inquiring about the new “Christian movement” within the Democratic Party…

There is a very easy way to weed all these CINOs out (I like that Dino!). The Bible says: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3)

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Reviving the Republicans (Part 4)

“It’s one thing to have a sizable minority like the Democrats stand in your way, but it is just unacceptable when a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of Republicans in Congress also rear up in opposition and join the liberal Democrats to derail an agenda. At some point that has to be faced. It has to be faced because these RINOs, these moderates, are undermining our agenda on taxes; they are undermining our agenda on spending; they are undermining our agenda on oil drilling, and they are undermining the war on terror…”

—Rush Limbaugh, November 11, 2005

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