Violence, Hubris, and the Wisdom of Esther

Mordecai Writing the First Purim Letter (c.1685). Arent de Gelder (Dutch, 1645-1727). Oil on canvas. Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Esther and Mordecai write the first letter of Purim. The Jewish inhabitants of the Persian king...

Listening to the Book of Esther I came across this:

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then Haman was full of wrath.” (Esther 3:5)

There are people who demand that they receive deep respect, whether it is deserved or not. I have met pastors like this, and I have met cops like this. This certainly does not represent all pastors, and certainly does not represent all police. But, it only takes a few to make the pot stink in the noses of those get close to the stewing hubris.

I am not a person who respects a title – if you are an unethical individual holding a high title, you are a fraud in my book, and you will not receive my respect. I have been watching national political leaders who are like Haman, and we appear to have this problem in bucketsful right now. Haman sought revenge in the blood of a entire people group because Mordecai would not bow down to him. Only the wisdom of Mordecai and Esther saved the day.

We need peacemaking leaders right now, not instigators. One of the problems we have is that we will mark the peacemakers as instigators, because we have lost the ability to know the difference. America has been here before.

History repeats itself. I hope that wisdom will repeat itself as well.


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