Esther 3:5-6 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.

Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the National Anthem because the country has turned a blind eye to the apparent genocide of black people. Since the first day of his protest more black men were shot by police.

Is there a direct response to his protest and a continued killing of black men by police? It would be hard to prove yet it’s happening. At the same time there is an awakening of awareness by young black people that a “war has been declared ” against people of color.

Mordeci was a Jew who refused to pay homage to Haman, a royal official, by kneeling down. He was so enraged by this minority not being patriotic or patronizing that he wrote into legislation that all the Jews in the empire be annihilated on the twelfth month!

Mordeci sent word to the queen Esther, his cousin, that it was time to stand with her people and ask the King to reform the unjust law against her people. Esther went into “self-preservation” mode: “I’m not political. I’m just pretty. I’ve got a good job. If anybody goes into the Kings presence without permission it’s law that they will be executed unless he extends grace. It’s been 30 days since we had relations.”

Mordeci had to remind her that just because she was the only minority in the big house didn’t mean that she was exempt from genocide and that maybe she was placed there to help her people.

Esther changed her mind and saved her people from genocide. And this is how we follow her example:

  1. She stopped thinking about herself and started thinking of her people.
  2. She asked her people to fast and pray for her to find favor with the king. We fight not against flesh and blood but against wickedness in high places.
  3. She risked her place of privilege for her people who had no voice. She went into the King’s presence prepared to die. One of Dr. King’s aides said two things are needed for a movement to succeed, “the ability to turn down money for selling out and the ability to overcome your fear of dying.”
  4. She had a plan to stop the genocide. The plan included getting two the right people around the table, the victim(Esther who represented the Jews), The perpetrator of injustice(Haman), and the one in authority to reform the unjust law (the King)
  5. Push for criminal justice reform. Esther 8:11, 13 The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemies. A copy of this decree was to be issued as law in every province and proclaimed to all peoples, so that the Jews would be ready to take revenge on their enemies on the appointed day.

It’s interesting that God is not mentioned one time in this book of Esther but his activity is understood. The King had a dream the night Mordeci was supposed to be executed. Esther, a Jew, was chosen out of hundreds of young virgins to be the queen. These are not coincidences. This was divine intervention and who knows but for such a time as this that God might have put you in the position to save your people. The question is, will you stand up or kneel down?

Dear God,

Help us to change the direction our country is headed. We are becoming mor and more racially divided and it appears there is an edict to destroy black lives. Give us the courage like Esther to risk our lives for what is right. Jesus said, “those who try to save their lives will lose them but those that lose their lives for justice’ sakes will find life! The only man we will bow to is you Lord Jesus! Because one day every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. One day you will ask us if we stood for the “least of these?” And if the answer is “no.” Then the order will be for us to depart to hell. God grant me the power and courage to stand for those that have nobody to stand for them.

In Jesus Name,

Amen