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The Story of God: Courage

Esther 4:1-17, NRSV
Matthew 5:13-16, NRSV

Reflections

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.

— “Screwtape,” a senior devil, to his nephew, “Wormwood,”
in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  • “It reminds us that our engagement with the (U.S.) empire can quickly become a case of the frog in the pot of boiling water. A little support of war, a little indifference about the environment, a little disregard of poverty, a little failure to notice racism or sexism, a little collapse of indignation and hope, a little innocence about class privilege; a little of this and a little of that, and all too soon comes a lethal society.” from Out of Babylon, by Walter Brueggemann
  • Courage is needed to save others, the poor, the oppressed
  • Esther has the power to save, but there is risk
  • We too, like Esther, have great power, also with risk
  • Courage is needed to save ourselves
  • Esther’s identity was replanted
  • Has to be fueled by grace of God
  • It’s all gift from God (v14)
  • We need the “Great Esther” in Christ Jesus
  • Not trying to be Esther ourselves

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