Monday, February 19, 2007

Why Is That The Name?

If you watch TV, you may have seen an advertisement for The Black Donnelly’s.
This is the story of four Irish brothers.
Four white brothers.
Four white guys called the black Donnelly’s.
In our age of political correctness, I was surprised by the lack of uproar over such a name.

So off to the Internet I went.
To learn more about this show.
Learn why they might call this show what they call it.
I got a history lesson.

In the 1840’s in Canada, there was an Irish family that had migrated from Ireland. This family participated in an ongoing feud resulting in their massacre by a mob.

According to, Irish society was split “into three classes: Catholic Whiteboys, Protestant
Orangemen, and Blackfeet. Blackfeet were Irish Catholics who refused to adhere to the rigid Whiteboy code and were severely mistreated by the Whiteboys for their perceived treason. The Donnellys were Blackfeet and thus caught in the middle between the Catholic/Protestant battles.”

Because of the choices of this family, they will always be known as the 'black' Donnelly’s. It’s an interesting story about the feud and the blackfeet.

It’s easy to ruin a good reputation with one misdeed. It’s very hard to repair a bad reputation even with many, many great acts. What we do today can positively or negatively impact our families for generations to come.

Will you choose to guard your reputation today? Will you make choices that will benefit your children and your children’s children? Or will you yield to the temptations we all face daily and let future generations suffer for your choices?

Exodus 20:5-6 (NIV) You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.


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