If Paul were Persecuted Like an American

Imagine if Paul faced the same persecution we do – or should I say “persecution”. What if he had to deal with the same daily difficulties you and I do? How could he have managed? It would change scripture just a bit. Here’s a sampling. It’s much more applicable.

2 Corinthians 11:24-28 ARSV (American Revised Suburban Version)

Five times I received verbally abusive tweets.

Three times I was handed a latte in a red cup.
Once I was misrepresented on a blog.
Three times I was flicked off for my fish bumper sticker.
I have spent a night and a day
At my daughter’s dance recitals where they played secular music.

On frequent efforts to “be a witness”, I faced
dangers from disinterested people,
dangers from the gay agenda,
dangers from Obama supporters,
dangers from Catholics (and Episcopalians),
dangers in my upper middle class subdivision,
dangers in the carpool lane,
dangers on Facebook,
and dangers among my cubicle mates;

Holiday instead of Christmas,
many liberal talk shows at night, legalized marijuana and cussing pastors,
often without my evangelical echo chamber, ill at ease around non-Christians, and lacking my Kerusso T-shirt.

Not to mention other things, there is the daily pressure on me: my care for my Instagram account.

I live in the Nashville area and spend my days helping churches with leadership development. My nights are spent writing and rooting for Minnesota sports teams. I also podcast a bit. I'm the author of The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith, and The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life