Wednesday, August 4, 2010
August 4 – Royal Religion
We may not know too much about Elizabeth’s devotional life, but we do know that her Christian faith is stated and stalwart. We can certainly make a study of the Anglican Communion and learn a little more, for Elizabeth is sworn to uphold the Church of England, and she does keep her vows, but we see evidence that it would please her to be pleasing to God.
When the Archbishop of Westminster developed a series of daily devotional meditations for her to use during the months before her coronation, she attended to it. One of the heralds who stood by her said that the aura of spiritual “presence” was palpable.
In a speech given at the opening of the General Synod in 2005, Elizabeth said, "When so much is in flux… there is a renewed hunger for that which endures and gives meaning. The Christian Church can speak uniquely to that need, for at the heart of our faith stands the conviction that all people, irrespective of race, background or circumstances, can find lasting significance and purpose in the Gospel of Jesus Christ." There is evidence that she is also a prophetic monarch; there is a renewed hunger for righteousness in our time, say some P.M.s (not Prime, but Prophetic Ministers .)
Prince Charles has been known to speak of the royal responsibility as “defender of faiths,” but his mother seems to understand that “the faith” will ever hold out the Gospel that offers mercy, hope and the supreme “tolerance” while anti-Christ and anti-Christian, agnostic and atheist deny it. What could be more tolerant than the arms of the Lord God Almighty ever reaching out to those who turn away? (Is. 9:12)
"All Made Welcome to Believe"
photo by Kerry