The crazier things get here in the United States, the more Bible verses I run across that speak to our times. The first highlighted line, in the passage below, stood out because tolerance does not seem enough these days. No, they want more. Like Mordecai, they want us to bow down and worship them as the parade by. When that doesn’t happen religious persecution begins. That was exactly what Jewish Mordecai experienced when he wouldn’t bend the knee and worship man. What he underwent so long ago is what American Christians are undergoing today.
” . . .O Lord, Lord, almighty king, for all things are in thy power, and there is none that can resist thy will, if thou determine to save Israel. Thou hast made heaven and earth and all things that are under the cope of heaven. Thou art Lord of all, and there is none that can resist thy majesty. Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest that it was not out of pride and or any desire of glory, that I refused to worship the proud Aman, (For I would willingly and readily for the salvation of Israel have kissed even the steps of his feet,) But I feared lest I should transfer the honour of my God to a man, and lest I should adore any one except my God. And now, O Lord, O king, O God of Abraham, have mercy on thy people, because our enemies resolve to destroy us, and extinguish thy inheritance. Despise not thy portion, which thou hast redeemed for thyself out of Egypt. Hear my supplication, and be merciful to thy lot and inheritance, and turn our mourning into joy, that we may live and praise thy name, O Lord, and shut not the mouths of them that sing to thee.“ – Esther 13:9-17
The final line, especially, “shut not the mouths of them that sing to thee” drives home the purpose and end of all the current legal harrassments; simply shutting Christians up. Mordecai’s prayer; uttered in a time, place, and language so very different from ours; is a prayer apt for our time.