For Such a Time as This
Esther 4:13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”
We, as Messiah Followers in America are blessed. We still have the freedom of religion under the 1st Amendment (even if it's consistently under assault), we generally do not have to worry about our worship places being raided and destroyed, and we don't suffer nearly the same persecution that our counterparts all over the world do.
That said, it is these advantages that create a greater responsibility upon us to speak out and to let the voice of the Messiah be heard in today's world. It is our responsibility to use those advantages to show what it is to live as a Christian and to offer hope and light to our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. With great freedom, comes great responsibility.
Every one of us is like Esther. We are winner of a cosmic lottery. We have been born in the most religiously blessed country in the history of the Earth. So what do we do with that?
Mordecai tells Esther that if she neglects her duty to what God has given her, God will still save His people, but she will lose the blessing and will ultimately suffer the consequences. We have that same responsibility. We must use our freedoms to stand up for what is right. We must speak out on what the scripture tells us is right. We must care more about the world around us then we do about ourselves, just as Esther did.
Just as staying silent was not an option for Esther, so it is for us as well. We must speak out. Racism, sexism, abortion, religious malaise, religious persecution, and many other forms of evil still exist in our world, and we must use our God given voice to speak out against them.
We must not, we cannot, and by God's grace we will not be silent in the face of evil. We must always act in love, but we must never fail to speak out.