For Such a Time as This

 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”    Esther 4:14

Those are the words of Esther’s uncle encouraging his niece to go boldly before the king and plead for her people. Every day it seems more and more apparent that I (WE) are being given the same commission. I was born in 1968 during the heat of the Vietnam war. That year would see the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy as well as civil unrest, riots and the protests of the women’s liberation movement, Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and Frances’s Bloody Monday.

When I was still a preschooler, I remember my brother turning on the nightly news (that was before CNN and 24/7 news broadcasts) so that we could “watch the armies play”. The women’s movement gave birth to death and abortion was legalized, exponentially increasing the number of its victims. The Vietnam War cooled and the Cold War heated up. The news this year was eerily similar.  The armies are still playing, Egypt had their Arab Spring, Americans and Europeans alike protested injustice,  and there are increasing threats of both protests and assassinations surrounding tomorrow’s elections.

For The Bride of Christ the call is clear.  It is time to approach the King.  It is time to plead with Him for the people of this nation and from there, to get out of our prayer closets and onto the streets and into the neighborhoods to be the arms and hands and smile of God to a hurting people.

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