the faith of a queen
This past week we witnessed the pomp and ceremonial memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II. Many however do not know that she was deeply committed to the Lord Jesus. In a recent summary of an article in First Things by Phillip Blond titled “Why the World Loved Queen Elizabeth” along with another article by Dudley Delffs in Christianity Today titled “Died: Queen Elizabeth II, British Monarch Who Put Her Trust in God”, we get a refreshing glimpse into the role Christ and the scriptures played in this icon of royalty and her life-long service to the British empire. The summary put it this way…
“On June 2, 1953, in the splendor of Westminster Abbey, a twenty-five-year-old woman knelt before the archbishop of Canterbury to seal the oaths she had just sworn. ‘Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?’ he had asked. ‘I will,’ Queen Elizabeth had replied.
When she died on September 8, 2022, flags in Europe, Canada, and America were at half-mast. Brazil declared three days of mourning. Australia’s prime minister wept on television. Jamaica announced twelve days of public tribute. Other nations too numerous to name followed suit.
Why did she have such a profound impact around the globe? Here’s the most basic answer: because her faith in Jesus was real and deep. In her first Christmas broadcast in 1952, the newly enthroned queen asked, ‘Pray for me . . . that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.’ In 2016 she said, ‘Billions of people now follow Christ’s teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them...’
In her 2020 Christmas broadcast she noted, ‘for me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life.’ She also expressed her love for the Bible: She asked, ‘To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn, than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?’ She maintained a lifelong friendship with Billy Graham, who once wrote, ‘No one in Britain has been more cordial toward us than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
Christianity Today summarized her role in these words: ‘The Queen demonstrated how to keep one’s Christian faith personal, private, inclusive, and compassionate while serving in a global, public role under intense scrutiny from virtually every sector.’”
And just recently in her Letter to the Lambeth Conference (2022) she wrote… “Throughout my life, the message and teachings of Christ have been my guide and in them I find hope.”
No wonder she has served with such dignity and leadership throughout her long and storied reign. But here is a question I put to you. Have you made the same personal discovery about Christ and the scriptures that the Queen did? Why is it important? Because death is the great equalizer of all humanity and Christ is the great life-giver whether it be to kings, queens, rulers, or peasants. We all must bow down one day before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The testimony of Queen Elizabeth is that she believed and was ready to do that. Are you?
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