For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (KJV)
This is the time, and we are the people. Today, more than ever, we need prophetic voices to cry out. To cry out for deliverance from he ills that are destroying us as a people.
Recently, we saw people come out en masse in New York City to take a stand for the environment during the United Nations Climate Summit, people are protesting the rash of acts of police brutality, there is a standup against domestic and sexual abuse…people are standing up.
It’s high time those of us in the Boardinghouse of Faith do likewise. God calls for us to stand up for the victims of evil. To stand up for our one and only home: Earth. To stand up for the victims-dead and alive-of police brutality. To stand up against domestic abuse and sexual assault. We’re called to be the “voice that crieth in the wilderness”, whether it’s from the pulpit or the pew. And for a time as such, we need to get to work. We don’t have time to dither over trivialities like, “defense of marriage” and teaching Creationism in public schools.
The post’s text is taken from the Book of Esther. Esther’s older cousin, Mordecai found out about Haman’s plan to exterminate the Jews living in Persia (present day Iran), two of which were Mordecai and Esther. Esther, who was made queen by the king, Ahasuerus, was asked by Mordecai to intercede with Ahasuerus on the Jews behalf. At first, Esther balked at the plan. Mordecai-not taking no for an answer-dropped the above statement on Cuz, warning that deliverance could come from elsewhere but at the cost of her and her people’s demise; and that who’s to say that Esther wasn’t where she was for such a time as she and Mordecai were in.
The same with the Church-the Boardinghouse of Faith-today. Who’s not to say that God has placed us in this time to be the voice I spoke about earlier? Are we going to accept what I believe is God’s challenge to us to speak up? Or will we just “pray about it” and get back to more “important” issues like “marriage defense” and Creationism? And if we reject such a challenge, who’s to say God may not rise up “deliverance” from outside the Church? Who’s to say He/She may not call on “non-Christians” to do the work. And then in the end, we silent Christians may find ourselves “destroyed” as in becoming an anachronism that will slowly fade into history’s sunset.
As I said in the beginning, this is the time and we are the people. What are we going to do for such a time as this?
(Above image: On August 28th, more than 30 people gathered in Times Square to promote the People’s Climate March with illuminated signs. Photo courtesy of NYC Light Brigade, 2014 – See more at: http://tcktcktck.org/2014/09/mass-mobilization-accompany-un-climate-summit/64512#sthash.MVWj1EOW.dpuf)