A Time to Break Etiquette

To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 4–6.
Normally the people of God should do that which is honorable in the sight of society, following the rules of etiquette. However, there come times when we have to break those rules to make a point.
Mordecai heard of the plot to destroy all the Jews in the Medo-Persian Empire. Therefore, he could not keep up the appearance of joy and respect for the king, “When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes” (Esther 4:1–3). How could he go about life as before? The order had gone out to exterminate him and all his people. Therefore, he did what he had to do to get the attention of the palace, namely, that of his cou sin.
Follow the rules of decorum, unless you must communicate a message and be sure that it is worth it, lest you simply be considered a non-conformist.

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