Disturb the Peace

He only went as far as the King’s Gate, since [the law] prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King’s Gate. – Esther 4:2

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Have you ever “disturbed the peace?”

The ancient Law of the Medes and Persians said that a person could not enter the King’s Gate wearing sackcloth (a sign of mourning). Mordecai, Esther’s uncle who was upset over the news that the Jews would soon be eradicated, disturbed the peace by appearing at the gate in just such a fashion. From the context it seems that the king couldn’t handle upsetting circumstances or news and preferred to live in a blissful state of ignorance. Even if reality was chaos, he was content in his pretend peace.

False peace is not God’s peace. God’s peace exists in the presence of life’s difficulties and does not run from them. Mourning, sadness, and trouble accompany the events of this life and the Body of Christ wades into this malaise with all the strength that God provides. Ivory towers and pristine palaces may be okay for deluded royalty, but they are not the habitations of dedicated soldiers.

Be courageous. Enter the fray. A world in need is dying without Christ. Go disturb the peace.

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf. – Thomas Fuller

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