Esther 10: Being a Professional Christian
Wow! There are only three verses in Esther 10, but it gives us a happy ending to Mordecai’s story.
Est 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Mordecai seemed to be able to bridge multiple cultural barriers. It sounds as if he was very high up in the official government and was valuable to the king, but this verse also says that his brethren, the Jewish people, still accepted him. He didn’t have to sacrifice his “Jewish-ness” even though he was part of a government that was not Jewish by nature.
I think that it tells us something about Christianity today. Certainly, as Christians, we probably work for organizations that are not Christian. I’m not saying that they are necessarily bad places, but we might have coworkers or bosses who might not subscribe to our particular belief system.
Notice though that Mordecai did not have to sacrifice any of his beliefs or his culture. He was still accepted by all of his countrymen, and I have to assume that if he deviated too far from being a good Jewish man, he probably would not have been as well loved by his own people.
For some reason, he was able to have a foot in both of these arenas.
I think that he is a really good model for you and me. We can be incredibly involved in our business lives. We can do a very good job even in a secular business. After all, God did not call everyone to work as a pastor or a missionary. We can be highly successful and be an excellent banker or teacher or mechanic.
However, as Christians, there is another level to our success and I would even argue a higher level of moral responsibility. We also want to try to be a good representative of Christianity as we are doing whatever we do. For example, as a banker and a Christian, you would want to make sure that you do business in an ethical way and not cheat people. Non-Christian bankers should probably do that as well, but as Christians, we know that we need to act like that. You can do very well at your job, but you also do things the right way. We are still called to be the light of the world even in our everyday professional lives; that commandment does not stop at the church door.
Mordecai seems to have been able to do that. He was accepted in the non-Jewish world as a professional, and he was still Jewish. It is possible to be in the world but not of the world (of course, would Jesus have commanded it if it was not possible?). It might be hard, but we can work towards being good representatives of Jesus.
I will see you tomorrow in Job!