Missional Matters #21 - Take a Stand

How does God work in the world?

In the Old Testament story of Esther, God isn’t mentioned, but we see signs of His activities everywhere.

At the heart of the story, Esther finds herself being asked to approach the king to request that the royal decree to kill all the Jews be stopped. Mordecai her cousin suggests she has been placed in her royal position ‘for such a time as this’. Despite the risk of death in approaching the king without being summoned, Esther makes the fearful decision ‘I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish’.

God uses certain people however unlikely, in certain places at certain times - to bring justice and mercy, redemption and hope, particularly to the oppressed, replacing evil with love. All people, both Christian and non-Christian have a part to play as global citizens for the benefit of all eg: teachers, retail assistants, food producers, covid vaccine researchers, country leaders etc. In addition we Christians have the role, as signposts pointing people to God, the source of all that is good.

As with Esther, God at times calls us to take a stand, speaking truth to power and acting in subversive ways. It can be dangerous - in some countries it could result in poverty, torture and even death. For us, we may risk the loss of jobs, mana or friendships.

What is God calling you to take a stand on?

Julian Doorey

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