What does it look like to be live as a faithful Christian in a divisive cultural climate when constantly confronted by the conflicting value systems of progressivism on the left and populism/nationalism on the right, neither of which square easily with the way of Jesus?
Mike Cosper turns to the Old Testament book of Esther for an answer. In a culture where it's tempting to fight power with power, this story of a devout Jewish woman living in exile in an antagonistic culture and faced with the possible extermination of her people is surprisingly relevant. It serves as a reminder for believers that true faithfulness looks like awakening to our identity as God's people, embracing a vulnerable humility that moves toward our culture's places of need, and renewing the traditions that form us to love God and neighbor.
Read "The Esther Option" (The Gospel Coalition). For a full treatment of the Esther story, check out Mike Cosper's Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad.