In our present age, there has been an outcry from women and for women. Monsters like Weinstein, Nassar and even Cosby are the faces of sexual assault. I struggled to write this post because I don’t want to miss speak. With these current events, I can’t help but think of Esther from the bible and how her courage can speak about what is needed now. A courage that extends beyond the #metoo.
Within the first chapter of Esther, we see the King throwing a royal banquet and his Queen refuses to make an appearance (Esther 1:4-9). The bible does not state the reasoning behind the Queen not showing up but, one could assume she didn’t want to be a trophy on display. The King’s reaction to Queen Vashti not obeying his command was to forbid her from coming before him ever again (Esther 1:19). The King’s royal officials were so afraid of her actions that they wanted the King’s response to ensure the loyalty of women everywhere (Esther 1:18-20). At the start of this article, I brought up Nassar, Weinstein, and Cosby because in each case we have the exploitation of women. This has been going on since before the flood (Genesis 6:4). I don’t believe it will stop unless we encourage our women to be vocal and courageous when they are wronged.
Esther whose parents died was cared for by Mordecai, her cousin (Esther 2:7). The King, to replace Queen Vashti, held a beauty contest and Esther won (Esther 2:17). After winning, one of the King’s officials had his pride hurt by Mordecai and a plot was made to kill all the Jews within the kingdom (Esther 3:13). Esther was hiding her Jewish ancestry from the King and his officials because Mordecai told her to do so (Esther 2:10). Mordecai learns about the plot to kill all the Jews and he pleads with Esther to use her standing, as Queen, to help save the Jews (Esther 4:8). Esther feared for her life because no one could make a request to the King unless the King permitted (Esther 4:11). She finds the courage and uses a clever tactic to make a request to the King (Esther 4:13-17). Esther succeeds, and all the Jews within the Kingdom are saved (Esther 8:3-8).
I believe that every woman should have the courage to stand up when they are exploited or put into a situation where their integrity could be compromised, because of the whim of another person. Be strong and courageous and know that you are valued, at least but first and foremost by God. Who does not judge by outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). I say be courageous because it will allow for someone else to speak up as well. #metoo shouldn’t be the only time we as Americans are aware of what is happening. Stand up in your circumstance and be courageous.
As always this is my opinion and thoughts. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Do you have any examples of courage? Let me know down below or tweet @crownlessheir. Thanks for reading Fam.
Grace to you,