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Topic: Crime and Punishment (not about the book) (07/21/11)
TITLE: Personally Persecuted
By Tim Pickl
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<b>E</b>ndemically speaking, I am a very shy person, but I wasn’t shy that crazy day.
<b>R</b>eading my Bible—as I always did—in the public park during my long lunch break,
<b>S</b>omeone was offended, turned me in and I was arrested while screaming “Gimme a break!”
“<b>O</b>ffended by someone quietly reading the Bible in the park? Have you all gone crazy?”
“<b>N</b>evertheless ma’am, an ordinance was passed and we have to enforce it, don’t you see?”
“<b>A</b>ll right, I’m really upset now, and… I’m going to leave now—this is ridiculous.”
“<b>L</b>ady, I would not do that if I were you, because your rebellious action will force us.”
“<b>L</b>ook, Officer, I respect and support you but this law is petty and stupid—goodbye.”
<b>Y</b>ELLOW ALERT. YELLOW ALERT. SECURITY BREACH IN SECTION 5.
<b>P</b>ersonally persecuted for Jesus, I never thought it could happen to me here in the USA:
<b>E</b>scaping from that police station was just the beginning of my afternoon that day;
<b>R</b>unning to my car in the parking lot near where I worked, I slammed my Bible down.
<b>S</b>tarting the car, I switched it to <i>Drive</i>, the tires squealed and I sped away out of town.
<b><i>E</b>scaping was pretty easy</i>, I thought, stopping my car with a screech at a red light.
<b>C</b>lenching the wheel, something caught my attention in my peripheral vision to my right:
<b>U</b>ncertainty caused me to look down at my Bible now opened to Matthew, Chapter 5:
<b>T</b>he words jumped out at me, <i>God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right…</i>
<b>E</b>scape was no longer an option; I felt Holy Spirit conviction and turned around,
<b>D</b>oubling back to the police station, I apologized and paid the fines with a frown.
References from the New Living Translation (NLT):
Matthew Chapter 5:10-12
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