It has been a long time since Buzz heard a good old-fashioned street preacher. And a terrific one was holding forth just now on Main and Division streets downtown.
His voice blasted operatically down the block even though he had no megaphone. He had a good captive audience in the dozens of people waiting for buses.
The best thing is, he actually shouted "Repent!" as preachers are supposed to.
"Repent! Repent! Prepare for the King of Jerusalem!" he thundered.
"Hell is not some place where you shake hands with the devil and say, 'Hey, it's nice to meet you!' " he roared. "The worm dieth not! And the fire is never extinguished!"
At one point he declaimed: "You think I want to be here? I don't want to be here! I would rather be home playing my Xbox!"
Buzz apologizes that the picture is not more distinct but the preacher was shy and did not want to give his name. We asked him after he left off preaching. However he did tell say he was from the Seneca Babcock area. And we learned he comes from Charity Baptist Church in Black Rock.
Thank you, Charity Baptist, for letting us borrow this preacher for a day! And a most modest preacher at that.
"I didn't want to be here today," he reiterated to Buzz. "I would rather be home with my Xbox."
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