Keyboard Courage (2 Corinthians 10:10-11)

The vitriolic attack instantly went viral over social media. It was a harsh tirade against the politician’s religious convictions and was immediately conflated with criticisms of her positions on jobs, healthcare, and education. Dozens of other joined in with hateful rhetoric that should embarrass even the most progressive minds.


Keyboard courage.


It is the confrontational and fearless attitude that someone portrays when they are able to anonymously make postings and entries to internet websites. It is a feckless false bravado emboldened by the veil of anonymity.


For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.

2 Corinthians 10:10-11 (ESV)


The Apostle Paul was one the greatest evangelists who ever lived. His letters, directed by the Holy Spirit, comprise much of the New Testament of the Bible and are the basis of Christian theology. With soaring prose and the grandest defenses of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Paul’s letters were weighty and strong. His critics and detractors had to find ways to minimize his significance and teachings. They could never mount a direct attack upon his teachings so they focused upon his physical appearance and criticized his oratorical skills. Paul suffered for his faith in Jesus Christ. He had been whipped, shipwrecked, even stoned and left for dead. Some theologians and historians theorize that Paul may have been disfigured or even partially blinded by these ordeals resulting in a physical appearance and other ailments that invited mockery. Paul directly confronted these critics. Unlike his detractors, he did not make anonymous threats or instigate rumors. He denigrated the first-century version of keyboard courage and publicly challenged his critics to confront him in person.


The Apostle Paul could do this with confidence because he was completely assured of his faith and salvation in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He had given up everything, a life of wealth and prestige as a Pharisee, one of the leaders of the Jews. He was one of the most educated scholars of his time. Yet, all of these accomplishments, all of these accolades, he considered nothing better than rubbish compared to the unsurpassed knowledge of knowing Jesus Christ as God.


May we all have the courage to publicly declare our faith in Jesus Christ! Repent and confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Take a personal and public stand for God!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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