‘Green Energy’ is the Peyton Place of Today, by Nolan Lewallen

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By Nolan Lewallen, The Stream, August 26, 2022

Nolan Lewallen is a retired pilot of a major airline and lives near Stephenville, Texas, with his wife, Kim. Nolan’s two greatest passions are the Bible and politics. His latest book, The Integration of Church & State: How We Transform “In God We Trust” From Motto to Reality, brings the two together.

Those of you who have been around a while (like me) probably remember the TV soap opera, Peyton Place, that aired on ABC from 1964 to 1969. There were a total of 514 episodes, crossing over the black and white/color partition with episode #268.

The setting was a beautiful — seemingly perfect — little New England town that looked like it belonged on a post card. But in reality, there were a lot of illicit activities that went on “under the radar.” The town was filled with adultery, murder, and other despicable acts.

The scribes and Pharisees had their own “Peyton Place” façade, and Jesus called them out on it. He said, “You cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.” He went on to compare them to “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:25-27). …

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