Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
There is so much injustice taking place all over the world, in our nation, and in our communities. From police brutality, childhood poverty, mandatory prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders; there is enough for us to be upset about. It’s not enough to be upset. We have to say something and do something.
During the time of Queen Esther there arose a threat against the Jews scattered in the province of Susa. Because Mordeci refused to bow down to one of the royal administrators, Haman, there was an edict issued that all the Jews would be executed.
Haman had a niece named Esther who disguised her race when she was selected to be Queen out of a contest to replace Queen Vashti. Quite naturally Mordeci expected her to help her own people.
However, Esther told him that if anybody went in before the king without being summonsed they would be killed. She had not been summonsed in thirty days. There thousands of Jews: men, women, children facing genocide and Esther was only concerned about her hide. Like many of us she went into self-preservation mode. She was in a good job. She lived behind a gated neighborhood. She was not in any immediate danger so she hid behind policy to avoid risking her life for her people. Her uncle had raised her and now she was trying to ignore his plea. She was going to leave him hanging.
This is what Mordeci told her and I believe God is telling us.
- If you remain silent help will come from somewhere else. God hears the cries of his people. Luke 18:7-8 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ Even though we are silent God still hears the cries of the oppressed.
- Your family will be affected by your silence. The very thing you ignore concerning others will come back on your family. Proverbs 21:13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered
- Maybe you are in the position you are in for such a time as this. Are you using your influence to help those who are facing injustice? Luke 12: When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required
Esther heeded the words of Mordeci and asked him to fast and pray for her three days. She said, “after that I will go to the king and if I perish let me perish!” When we risk our lives for something noble The King of Kings stands up for us and takes notice. Dr. King said, “If a man or woman has not found something worth dying for they are not fit to live!” Don’t leave me hanging.
Thank you for hearing our cry. There is so much going on in the world today. Open our eyes, ears, and hearts toward compassion. Give us the courage to open our mouths and speak for those who have no voice. Thank you for putting us in strategic positions to do something about injustice. We are all responsible for those who are in need of Justice. We are our brothers’ keeper. Use me today to speak up and not be silent.
In Jesus Name,
Image courtesy of Kittisak at FreeDigitalPhotos.net