Stand like Esther

ImageIt amazes me how politics or all things political can create defining barriers between so many people. If you watch the news at all there are so many people drawing lines in the sand, brother pitted against brother, friend against friend, and Christian against Christian.

If you are reading this I want to make myself very clear that I am a Christian. I write believing that the Word of God is just that…the Word of God. It is the final Authority on ALL matters. The Word is inspired (God breathed) and given to us by our Creator. It is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness; SO that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16).

The book of Esther has been on my mind and heart lately. I have sat in numerous studies of Esther and have heard similar comments to this one. It would have really stunk to be Esther. She was taken from her home, given to a perverted evil king but God used her in such a mighty way. So, the first part of Esther that didn’t rub us the right way at first was overlooked because everything worked out in the end. I allowed my thoughts to go deeper than a shallow survey of this incredible book God gave us.

Why was Esther in Persia in the first place? Well, her family was taken during the captivity but after the captivity they (her people) where free to go home (there is a lot more to it but that is the simplest form). They stayed. Staying gave a foothold to the enemy. Those who came before Esther set the stage for the enemy and it affected Esther and the Jews currently living there.

What did they do that was so bad? They ignored the enemy. Haman. A man, whose hatred for the Jews ran deep, was in a very powerful position.

Let’s fast forward. Now Esther is the Queen of Persia and Mordecai, her uncle, reveals Haman’s plot to obliterate the Jews. Esther doesn’t want to confront the king about his right hand man. Read carefully what Mordecai says to Esther “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14).  Her reply in verse 16, “…if I perish, I perish.”

Those who are God’s children brought into the family by faith in Jesus Christ are royalty. We as Christians have a responsibility to stand for biblical values, morality, decency, truth. We are Christ’s Ambassadors. Our government is out of control and those who try and hold the White House accountable are mocked, ridiculed and stoned with some of the harshest hate filled language that I have ever heard. The truth has been exchanged for a lie and many are buying into the lie I don’t care who is in the White House. If they are white, black, male, female, Democrat, Republican, Green, Jewish, Greek, or Muslim. If the current administration does not stand for what is right in God’s eyes but does what is evil in the eyes of the Lord he should be removed. We are not to turn the other cheek or be like ostriches and put our heads in the sand. We must stand for what is right. If we are silent…

Facebook is were everyone posts their thoughts, dreams and opinions. No one really has to no anyone anymore and if you don’t like what they have to say you can secretly ‘unfriend’ them and they won’t know it is you. Many political opinions get posted and rebukes and rebuttal’s. No real debate ever seems to happen. What I do read is many rebuking those who make statements against our current President reminding them that Barak Obama is in office because God put him there. I think this statement may make those who voted for an ungodly man feel better. They remove themselves from any responsibility.

God is in control of everything. He is God. I do not dispute this fact that God allowed Barak Obama to be elected. He also tells us to pray for our leaders and such. I must point you toward Abimelech in Judges 9. Abimelech wanted to be king, convinced the people to allow him to rule over them, they gave him money and made him king. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord and in the end God repaid Abimelech for everything thing that he did that was evil. The people chose him.

Let’s not forget about Saul (1 Samuel 12:12-13). God was King over the people but they wanted a human king and “here is the king you have chosen.” The people chose the king. God allowed it yes but the people chose!

Please do not excuse your ungodly behavior by executing your will full right to vote for a man or woman who is ungodly and clearly stands for unbiblical values and claim God did it. God allows these things yes because He gives us free will. We vote. We choose. God allows it.  

Ask yourself these questions. At the end of the day have I stood for truth? Have I stood for biblical values? Do I know what biblical values are? Maybe you have chosen to vote as you always have, like your family does, your community or you don’t vote at all and really don’t care. Maybe you are one of the millions who voted four years ago to be a part of history. If so, don’t think because you have supported this administration that you will not be affected by its policies and ungodliness. You will not be spared what is coming to us as a nation, a country or a people. Ignore the warning signs if you must. I warn you ignorance is not bliss. We have less than 40 days till Election Day. Take heed of what Esther tells her uncle, Mordecai. Gather your people and I will gather mine and together we will fast and pray. I really mean this. Gather your people and I will gather mine and let us fast and pray together. Let us humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Let us pray for God’s will, not ours. No agendas, no party lines just believers in Jesus Christ coming together in the throne room of God asking for forgiveness, mercy, grace and divine direction. The Word of God was given to us to learn from those who came before us. Let us learn from Esther. Let us be able to say that we will stand on the Word of God and if we perish, we perish! Amen.

Grace nothing but pure grace be given to those who love their Master, Jesus Christ.