There are those who say that the hero of Purim is Esther. I think it is Mordecai. Esther does what he says: she keeps her religion quiet, she becomes a queen, she defends her king against palace plots (which would have taken her life as well as the Kings) and she survives in the pagan court.
What I find interesting in this passage is the motivation of Haman. It is when he is not worshiped as if he is a god by Mordecai, that he decides to remove all those who will confront him and not praise him, root, branch and race.
19 When the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20 Esther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther did [a]what Mordecai told her as she had done when under his care.Esther 2:19-3:6, NASB
21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s officials from those who guarded the door, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 But the plot became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles in the king’s presence.
Haman’s Plot against the Jews
3 After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him. 2 All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage. 3 Then the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why are you transgressing the king’s command?” 4 Now it was when they had spoken daily to him and he would not listen to them, that they told Haman to see whether Mordecai’s reason would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage. 6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
We are seeing little Hamans demanding we worship their habits. Who try to defenestrate us if we discuss their evil. But to those we should not vow. They want to destroy any semblance of the truth, and clothe their nakedness by memes alone. Do not be like them. Do not join them.