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Title: Not Ashamed
Author: Woodrow Kroll
"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
king's servants who were within the king's gate
said to Mordecai, "Why do you transgress the
king's 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 of sacred 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 contemporaries.
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. Do 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.
God has no place for undercover agents.
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