The vast majority of those living in the United Kingdom will have only known one monarch. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 which means you would need to be in your mid-seventies to remember her predecessor and father King George VI.
It would be hard to find anyone on the planet with a broader wealth of life experience given her array of duties which include meeting people and dignitaries from cultures all around the world throughout such a long time period. It is staggering to think the fourteen different UK Prime Ministers have sworn allegiance to her since she ascended to the throne, the first of which was Sir Winston Churchill.
Although we cannot be certain, we believe our Queen is a born again Christian. For evidence of this, we look no further than her Christmas message from yesterday where she made numerous references to the Lord Jesus.
Unfortunately, it would be easy to miss this in the BBC’s written summary of her message where it appears there appeared to be a deliberate effort not to mention the name of Jesus once – it’s hard to believe this was a coincidence. However, the Queen certainly kept Christ in Christmas!
We can only imagine the spiritual protection that exists over our country because of the faith of our Queen. The Old Testament contains an appraisal of many of Israel’s monarchs and, although we recognise that the role of the monarch is different in the UK, we are certain that our Queen would be given a favourable review in comparison. In a culture that is increasingly squeamish about the name of Jesus, she seems to be fulfilling her role as ‘Defender of the faith’ in a sincere way.
At the time of writing, our Queen is 94 years of age. We must pray for God’s protection over her and that she be given the Lord’s wisdom as she continues to navigate her role in such changeable times. When the Lord does take her, there is likely to be a huge spiritual void left behind in the absence of another figurehead to is so open about her faith.
We recognise that there is danger in idolising any individual. Suffice to say that our nation is truly blessed to have Queen Elizabeth II as our monarch – therefore, we heartily say ‘long live our Queen’!
We also recognise that the coronation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the coming King of Kings and Lords of Lords is not too far away either – something that we are sure our earthly Queen would also acknowledge.
Our prayer is that you have had a Christ-filled Christmas this year, despite all that is going on.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7 NIV)