“Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “A certain group of people exist in pockets among the other peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of everyone else (stricter, actually, because of their religious beliefs), and they refuse to obey the king’s laws (just the one stating they had to bow down to Haman or any man against their religious beliefs). There’s no good reason for the king to put up with them any longer (they weren’t bothering the king, just Haman.) If the king wishes, let a written order be sent out to destroy them, and I will hand over ten thousand kikkars of silver to those in charge of the king’s business. The silver can go into the king’s treasuries.” (Haman was willing to personally fund the campaign to wipe out those who didn’t agree with his prideful, selfish agenda. This was personal.) Esther 3:8-9, CEB, (my comments added.)
In this story, one man (Haman) felt another man (Mordecai) disrespected him. Haman’s pride caused him to then view everyone of Mordecai’s race as a threat to his powerful position. This fear wasn’t based on fact, it was based on prejudice. Because Haman was in a position of power, influence and wealth, he was able to spread his agenda quickly, without the king investigating the facts of the case. The king probably trusted his leaders who were closer to the situation. An entire group of people’s lives were endangered with no real thought at all from the “government” because a small group within the government felt disrespected by these people following their religious beliefs.
In light of the news this week, what can we learn from this story to apply to our society today?