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Not I but Christ
I am crucified with Christ
"I AM working in you, giving you
the desire and power to do what
pleases Me"
JESUS of Nazareth
King of the universe
Philippians 2:13

By:Robert Stearns
In the story of Esther, celebrated during the Feast of
Purim, which begins tomorrow, Esther and her relative,
Mordechai, are very close in heart and relationship,
though separated by distance.

Through her beauty, Esther has won a coveted position of
safety and economic security in the walls of the palace
of Ahasuerus. Mordechai, and most of the Jewish
community, are living off in the Persian land of Shushan.
The evil Haman launches a plot to destroy the Jews, and
the imminent threat of this plot is felt keenly in
Shushan, where, the story says, the Jews are "perplexed."
... They are experiencing a real threat that no one else
in the kingdom seems aware of, nor is taking seriously.

Mordechai boldly acts. He draws upon his relationship
with Esther and, risking her displeasure, speaks strongly
to her, fully apprising her of the dire threat facing the
Jews in the region, imploring Esther to use her position
to influence in the government to act, and to act
decisively and immediately.

Esther perceives herself as far from the imminent danger
which Mordechai knows is real, and feels largely immune
to the threat. She is doing the best she can, she seems
to communicate, and to take any more decisive action
could upset the delicate balance at Court, which has
secured her favor. "Over 30 days have passed since I have
been called in to the King ..." she reports. Bureaucracy,
it seems, moved slow, even in ancient Persia.

It is at this point that Mordechai's cry cuts like a
knife to the heart of the story. Mordechai risks
everything—even the good favor he had currently enjoyed
with the king and within the kingdom, to arouse Esther
from her distracted and misguided passivity. Was this
because Mordechai felt his life was at risk? In part.

But he also realized that Esther's life was just as much
at risk as his. If Esther did not act and act immediately
and decisively, all would be lost. It was not up to
Mordechai to tell Esther how to act. But act she must.
The time for talk and waiting was over.

We have just witnessed a moment in history of biblical
proportion, where indeed the ancient Jewish calendar and
the modern political one have aligned. Mordechai has come
to our shores. The message has been presented. The king
does not understand what is going on. It is up to Esther
to act, and act now.

And act she will, for she must. Across this nation,
pastors and rabbis, genuinely reform-minded Muslims and
human rights activists, grandmas and undergrads,
evangelicals and atheists—everyone and anyone concerned
about the future of this planet must stand up now and
understand what is at stake. Seventy years ago, world
leaders inanely jabbered about the good Hitler was doing
and how he would bring peace and stability to the region,
until Chamberlain's appeasement lunacy quickly melted
under the stark blazing glare of reality.

Churchill arose and prophesied into a generation that
then stood firm and resolute against the greatest evil in
modern times. We are at that moment again. President
Obama criticized Mr. Netanyahu for "not offering any
viable alternatives," as though it would have been
appropriate and non-inflammatory for the prime minister
to explain to Congress what true leadership looks like
and how the president should be leading.

Mordechai has come to our safe and economically secure
shores. He has warned us of the real and imminent danger
of a nuclear Iran, though it seems far removed from us.
He has cut through the bureaucratic morass of lumbering
government to sound a clear alarm. The beautiful Esther
that is America must awaken now—and act—before it is too

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