Queen Esther has a secret. She is beautiful. She becomes the favorite queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus. But Esther is a Jew. When the King is tricked into signing an edict to destroy the Jews, Esther faces a decision: to “come out” and plead for her people, or to stay silent and hide her true identity.
This is a decision that has faced LGBT people and others: hide their true selves to get along, or boldly declare themselves in solidarity with others who face hardship and discrimination. Esther offers her own face as the face of the Jews, and saves them all.
Today we celebrate Pride Sunday as well as Trinity Sunday. The Trinity points to the mystery of God’s diversity within God’s oneness. Pride Sunday reminds us of the human diversity God created and loves. Both occasions call us to hold fast to our unity as God’s people, even as we are infinite in our variety. It’s not always easy, but it’s the right thing to do.
Scripture tells us that God is love – love itself! Love holds us together in an infinite web of relationships. Love must conquer division. When we face moral questions, we must follow the love. JBM