It is not easy to stand up for our convictions in an environment where ungodliness is accepted, to be the only one serving God in a given situation. We are called to stand out in a crowd by remaining devoted to God, regardless of how everyone around us might be caving to governmental or societal pressure. We consider the example of Mordecai who refused to kneel to the wicked Haman, remained devoted to his God regardless of the consequences, and God ultimately defended and promoted Mordecai against his wicked enemies.