Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Jeremiad for the Reverend Jeremiah

By now we've all seen the 20-30 second loops of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright delivering pointed words in what could be termed "fire and brimstone" homilies. How dare he. We've seen these 30 second pieces played over and over and over again. I don't know Reverend Wright and to be honest I haven't heard or read the complete text of any of the sermons being highlighted. I don't know the context of these homilies. Frankly I just can't get all that worked up about this.

Some say that the Reverend was damning America.How could he and how could Obama just sit there.and not leave the church. Has anyone read the Book of Isaiah or Jeremiah anytime in the recent past. It might be a good idea. It's probably where the word jeremiad came from and that is exactly what the Reverend was delivering:

jer·e·mi·ad : a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue

A search on You Tube for "Jeremiah Wright" gives 1600+ results sorted by relevancy. It's amazing that on the first page not one of the first 20 results provides an unfiltered, unedited video of Wright's homiletics. My point here is not to necessarily defend Wright but simply to put this "issue" into a little context. I have follow up post coming related to Martin Luther King Jr. Imagine the press coverage that he would have today if he ended up delivering the sermon he was working on for upcoming Sunday the week he died. It was entitled, "Why America May Go to Hell"

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