20 March 2008

Unpatriotic?

This is the first of a prospective series inspired by the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright's remarks. These selections serve in no way as endorsements of the Jewish or Christian religions, but are offered to make a historical point.

THEREFORE THUS SAITH the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense; but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
JEREMIAH 11:2
He must have hated his country, too.

3 comments:

crhymethinc said...

Let's face it, according to the bible, god let his own "chosen people" get trounced by the Romans and what was left of them were pretty much "shown the door". I'd guess by that point, [H]e must have hated [H]is own country.

hobbyfan said...

Those same "chosen people" spent several years in Egypt as slaves, then wandered in the wilderness for 40 years after leaving Egypt (following the exodus in "The 10 Commandments"). More often than not, they brought it upon themselves by betraying God and his commandments. The same must've happened for the Romans to overrun their lands.

Samuel Wilson said...

The point is that, by 21st century U.S. standards, if a Hebrew or Judean told his brethren that their travails were punishments from God for transgressions against his law, he'd be condemned as anti-Hebrew and accused of hating his people. It was Jesus himself, I think, who said that prophets have no honor in their own countries, so the mentality probably isn't new to our time.