Queen Esther was an instrument of God who had the courage to speak out even if it meant her death. (Esther 4:16) "Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish." (The Everyday Life Bible)
Esther won favor with the king and a decree was established and the Jews were allowed to defend themselves. If not for the courage and faith of Esther, the Jews would have been annihilated.
Why does this relate to us as believers in Jesus Christ? The fact that Billy Graham was buried on the Festival of Purim, in my opinion, is a sign that we need to stand up for our faith before the forces of evil take over. We need to have the same courage and resolve to stand up for Biblical principles and not let the world dictate who we are.
You have probably heard the story of the frog and the boiling water. Researchers found that when you put a frog in boiling water, it immediately jumped out. When they put the frog in cold water and slowly put the water to boil over time, the frog boiled to death because it didn't notice that he was in danger.
So it is with us as Christians. We are so busy with our lives and those things that are around us that we, in many cases, fail to see the reality of what is going on around us just like the frog in the pot.
Christians throughout the world are being persecuted and martyred every day. Our freedoms are slowly being taken away especially in the area of free speech. Free speech is being attacked and conservative or Christian views are even labeled by some as "hate speech." Conservatives are being silenced on social media. The unborn is being assaulted every day. We need to speak out and be that voice. We need to stand for who we are in Christ because if we don't, our Christian faith will continue to be assaulted just as evil forces tried to assault all the Jews during the time of Esther.
Be an Esther and have the courage to stand and be heard. Our very faith is being challenged and we will not be silenced!!