Article source: www.christian.org.uk
A Conservative Peer has paid tribute to the “uniqueness” and “merit” of the reign of Her Majesty the Queen “through the lens of her Christian faith”.
In an article for Parliament News, Lord Michael Farmer credited the Queen’s faithfulness to her position and constancy in public life to her devotion to God.
Lord Farmer also acknowledged the Queen’s tireless and unparalleled service of her subjects since she ascended the throne in 1952.
Reliance on Christ
The Peer wrote: “How has our Queen been able to be so consistent and gracious to all her subjects over these 70 years?
“The answer lies in her continuous confession of her trust and reliance on Jesus her saviour, and God her father.”
her references to Jesus are derived from relationship, her daily walk with him
Reflecting on the Queen’s traditional Christmas broadcasts, he said that they “have all been about responding to the example of Jesus – who came to serve and not to be served, to give his life as a ransom for many”.
He added: “If she has been advised to universalise her message and talk blandly about ‘the season’ or wish everyone ‘happy holidays’ I suspect she would have resisted because her references to Jesus are derived from relationship, her daily walk with him.”
Lord Farmer continued in his tribute: “To live successfully in the public eye for 70 years and maintain legitimacy in the public affection has required an extraordinarily keen sense of identity”.
He argued: “Her identity has always derived from her responsibilities and sense of duty. In this she is less unique than people realise – her faith would have made that the case whatever her station in this earthly life.
The esteem in which she is held is simply evidence of the undeserved grace she has been able to lean on every day of her life
“Christians’ sense of identity flows not from wealth, status, or any other characteristic but from their relationship with Jesus.”
Furthermore, he concluded: “She would be the first to give credit to the God she serves, to acknowledge that the esteem in which she is held is simply evidence of the undeserved grace she has been able to lean on every day of her life.”
Date published: 17/06/2022
Feature image: Opening the Borders Railway on the day she became the longest-reigning British monarch, 2015. In her speech, she said she had never aspired to achieve that milestone. en.wikipedia.org
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