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I recently asked a friend to point me to biblical references that would serve as a guide for faithful political advocacy. She directed me to the story of Esther. As I reflected on her suggestion, I realized how right she was. With opportunity - using the circumstance of her life and voice - and prayer and courage, Esther spoke up on behalf of her threatened people and changed the "unchangeable" law.
For too long we have used "political" as a catch-all excuse for not engaging with issues in our society and our world that the Bible compels us toward, particularly on behalf of and in partnership with the poor, the vulnerable, and the outsiders.
When we recognize the Bible's repeated calls to justice and mercy, to compassion and advocacy, "getting political" becomes an act of worship, an act of image bearing, an act of solidarity and justice, an act of stewardship, and in all these ways, an act of faithfulness.
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