Having been reading a little of 2 Corinthians, I couldn’t help seeing something of the Pirate code in Paul’s words in chapter 6:
‘through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, but possessing everything… beaten stoned and shipwrecked.’
And who other than Pirates and Christians decorate their vessels with visions of death? The cross and the skull and crossed bones… In death, there is some strange freedom, some new liberty from those who pursue us and will have us killed.
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