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ESTHER 3:2-4
And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to
Haman,for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay
homage, then the kings servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do
you transgress the kings command?” Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he
would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would
stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew.
Frederick the Great invited some notable people, including his top-ranking generals, to a
royal banquet. One of them, Hans von Zieten, declined the invitation because he wanted to
partake of Communion at his church.
Sometime later, at another banquet, Frederick and his guests mocked the Lord and the
general for his religious scruples.
Despite the peril to his life, the officer stood to his feet and said respectfully to the
monarch, “My lord, there is a greater King than you, a King to whom I have sworn
allegiance even unto death.
I am a Christian, and I cannot sit quietly as the Lord’s name is dishonored and His
character belittled.” Instead of flying into a rage as the guests feared, the king grasped the
hand of this courageous general and asked his forgiveness.
He promised that he would never again allow a travesty to be made ofsacred things.
Mordecai demonstrated the same courage. While he did not flaunt his Jewish heritage
neither was he ashamed of it. When push came to shove, he chose to be true to his faith
rather than sacrifice it for the convenience of the moment.
Even though it meant earning the enmity of the powerful Haman, Mordecai felt it was
more important to stand for his beliefs than to be well liked by his contempararies.
Once it was Mordecai. Then it was Hans Von Zieten. Now it’s your turn. Are you willing to
stand and be counted for your faith. your coworkers know you are a Christian by what
you say and how you live. This is a time for action, not a time to be Ashamed.


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