The book of Esther relates the story of a Persian king, Xerxes, who was thirty-five years of age and rich beyond imagination. He staged a six-month extravaganza of fine food, who’s who, pinot noir, and excess. A bit tipsy, Xerxes decided to show off his wife, Queen Vashti. Apparently he expected her to dance in front of his buddies. But boy, was he in for a surprise! She refused to comply. Xerxes’ display of importance became his display of ignorance.
What if all the glitz and glamour are only folly and foibles? And what if the lure of the lights is just a hoax? Friend, don’t romp in it. Don’t fall for it. Don’t take the bait. Don’t get cozy in Persia. Stay faithful to your call as a covenant people.