THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
REJECTING ISMS AND IDOLS
Today’s reading: Esther C:12-25
We are God’s people, and God is committed to give us
a fulfilled life in Him, a future filled with hope. However,
we need to be faithful to our covenant. Otherwise, we cut
ourselves off from God, and suffer the consequences. Like
the Jews in Esther’s time, she acknowledged, “now
we have sinned in your sight, and you have delivered us into
the hands of our enemies” (Est C:17).
was their great sin? They already had the one true God, but
they “worshiped their gods” (Est C:18a), the pagan
gods of the peoples around them. This is what is happening
in the world today. One-third of the world is Christian, but
many if not most of them worship other gods--the gods of materialism,
consumerism, secularism, humanism, modernism, hedonism. All
these isms are of course according to the design of the ultimate
pagan god, Satan. And the ultimate sacrifice to Satan today
is the unborn child, aborted in the wombs of their mothers.
Satan does not stop at abortion. His intent is to destroy
faith, family and life. So his global forces continue with
the onslaught against the culture of life and against the
kingdom of God. It is not enough that people are enslaved
by the deadly isms. “But now they are not satisfied
with our bitter servitude, but have sworn an oath to their
idols” (Est C:19). They have sworn an oath to their
idols! They are committed in their diabolical agenda. They
will pour everything into the fray. To do what?
“to do away with the decree you have pronounced”
(Est C:20a). They intend to do away with everything that
is of God, every good thing that comes from God, such as
faith, family and life; they intend for Christians to no
longer follow the commandments of God.
destroy your inheritance” (Est C:20b). They intend
to deprive God’s people of their salvation and eternal
life in heaven with the Father.
close the mouths of those who praise you” (Est C:20c).
They intend to clamp down on religious freedom and conscientious
objection, passing such laws on “hate speech”
and homeschooling, and forcing Christians to violate their
consciences and beliefs.
extinguish the glory of your house and your altar”
(Est C:20d). They intend to weaken and even destroy the
Church, continually harping on the shortcomings of her children,
and desire to see less and less Christians participating
in celebrations at the altar.
open the mouths of the nations to acclaim their worthless
gods” (Est C:21a). They have a global agenda, aggressively
pushed by western nations bringing to bear their economic,
political and military power, to accept their cultural deviancy,
and for peoples to also worship the gods of sex, abortion
extol a mortal king forever.” (Est C:21b). They look
to the end of time when the Antichrist will come, but for
now supported by antichrists like Obama taking secular power
over the most powerful nation on earth.
We face a bleak and dismal future. But on the other hand,
God is always and still is there. So we do as Esther did.
“Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, fled to the
Lord for refuge.” (Est C:12). We must never forget that
He is “King of gods and Ruler of every power.”
(Est C:23c). So in our desperation, we turn to Him. “Be
mindful of us, Lord.” (Est C:23a). “Save us by
your power” (Est C:25a).
this Lent, let us repent of how we have embraced worldly isms
and pagan idols. Let us “put on garments of distress
and mourning .... and (cover our) head with dung and ashes”
Queen Esther, let us pray: “Save us by your power, and
help me, who am alone and have no one but you, Lord.”
(Est C:25). Amen.