Stand with conviction - Bible Studies for Life for April 29, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
April 29, 2018
Esther 2:21-3:6 (ESV)
It is hard to take a stand.
If you believe in what you are standing for, you are likely to experience consternation from those who believe differently.
This consternation can lead to questioning your original perspective, to apathy, or at the very least, push you to consider the cost of the cause you are advocating.
Because we are imperfect people, all of us have experienced times in our lives where we had to decide whether we were going to stand up or stay seated when confronted with difficult challenges that often put our self-professed beliefs and ethics to the test.
With the 24-hour cable news cycle and constantly updated websites and social media pages spewing out seemingly unlimited amounts of information, it’s easier than ever to tune out. I myself, even as someone who works in media, find the barrage of information exhausting.
The fact that there is more information available today than at any previous point in history can be a beautiful thing when you are attempting to trace your ancestry, but it can do a number on your attention span and make the goal of staying abreast of current events feel impossible.
As Christians, we are not called to keep up with every new cultural fad or political development and will never be able to address and solve every injustice in the fallen world in which we find ourselves, but we are called to stand for truth when we are convicted to do so.
In Esther 2-3, Mordecai was commanded to bow down to Haman by King Ahasuerus. He refused to do so, not because he was Jewish and believed it would be a violation of the second commandment (which it would not have been), but because Haman was an Amalekite, a people who had long opposed the God of Israel.
Christians are called to stand up for the truth given to us in Scripture. It’s not always easy, but like Mordecai did, we have God on our side.