In your zealous years, did you march, rally, picket, obstruct, or otherwise "protest"? For what cause? Break any laws? Get in trouble? In what ways have your views changed? Stayed the same?
Why don't you think Mordecai would kneel? He would likely kneel for the King, but not for Haman. Why not? And why is Haman intent on killing all of Mordecai's race? Do you think this is a clash of personalities or peoples?
Haman is ruled by his pride, prejudice, and persona. With these three traits in charge of him, his thirst for revenge escalates to include not just Mordecai but a whole people. We have all heard the saying that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." How have you seen power corrupt people? Companies? Nations? Why do you think power and revenge have such crippling effects?
To combat extravagent hate, God deals us an even more extravagant love. "If I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing," writes Paul in I Corinthians 13. The truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God's love is the only thing that can extinguish hate. In some ways, Mordecai was doing that, refusing to give in to a hateful dictator. How has God's love for you cause YOU to stand up to hate and oppression? Where is God calling you to fight hate with love?
Mothers in particular can be special messengers of love amidst a world of hate. Share your favorite story about your mom, or about a woman in your life who played a motherly role for you.
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