Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 15, 2021 Queen Esther

Fun, Justice, a Good Story, irreverence, good guys and bad guys.  We all love a good story.  The book of Esther joins the canon of scripture because everyone loves it.  Nothing about God, unless you read it in, or prayer or religiousness.  But, the self-evidence that a sacrificial act that moves toward justice is as faithful as it gets.  But it is also muddy: when the "good" guys win and slaughter the "bad" guys how much do we really progress?  So we yell and make a lot of noise and hope that in 2500 years we've learned a few things.  But newspapers this morning still have Bagdad front and center, good guys and bad guys and justice issues muddy enough for all of time.  Which side are we on now?

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