King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would devise such a scheme?” – Esther 7:5
When the king of Persia heard from his queen’s own lips that someone intended to wipe out the Jews … including, of course HIS queen … he actually appeared shocked. One wonders what must have gone through his mind as he realized his own complicit involvement in Haman’s plot. Didn’t he remember signing and sealing the order? Or was “people-eradication” just a normal everyday decision for such a man? As we now know, all of the blame fell on Haman and the king’s blind, detached rule went unchecked … even though, in my opinion, he remained blameworthy.
Any one of us (like King Ahaseurus) sits in a similar position of being able to make a difference in the life of an entire people (billions unreached). We can feign ignorance in a weak attempt to hide our culpability, but the Bible in our possession implies knowledge and understanding of the world’s great need. This knowledge is responsibility.
We must absolutely do something.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi