Thursday, April 9, 2009

Shall we reject the Lord, officially?

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.” (I Samuel 8:4-9)

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at her coronation, made an oath to rule over her subjects according to the Gospel and the Law of God. She accepted symbols that continue to remind her that her service to her realm is under the Lord Jesus Christ. She made this oath and received these symbols in a solemn church service so that everyone clearly understood that her authority was derived from God.

Our Australian Constitution acknowledges our Christian Heritage in our sovereign, who is the Queen of Australia, and the Queen of the various states quite separately from her role as Queen of England and the other Commonwealth nations.

In the same way that the nation of Israel rejected the Lord form ruling over them by choosing a king "like the nations around them," so the small group of Republicans in Australia, who seek to replace our Christian sovereign with a secular President, also reject the Lord that our Sovereign represents, and has sworn an oath to serve.

Woe to the nation that wilfully, officially and publicly rejects the Lord from being sovereign over them. Woe to the nation of Australia if it were to cast off the Lordship of Christ, by severing ties with our Christian monarch, and embracing an unfettered, secular, Republican President.

The last time the issue was taken to the Australian people, the majority of people in the majority of states, and a majority overall voted against the republican proposal. The situation is no different now, except that there are more young people who are registering as supporters of the present system of government than did in the past. The Republican politicians know this, and know that they would never get their way if they were to present another referendum. The plan is to present a series of plebiscites, each asking nebulous questions, with the intention of obtaining permission to change the system without identifying a specific model for consideration. The intention is to cast off our Christian heritage at any cost, and remove the Lord finally from the chambers of parliament and the courts.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

"God save the Queen!"
Defend the Constitution!
Serve the Lord!

1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

An honest question for you, Bridge. I agree with your basic premises about the Christian basis of the monarchy and constitutional monarchies. What happens, however, when the monarchy itself and the Church (of England) it represents strays increasingly away from Biblical Christianity. I will conceded, for the sake of argument, that Queen Elizabeth is truly among the elect. Prince Charles gives no indication of being elect or even wanting to be (not to mention he probably could not explain what election is!). The rest of the royals?...a pretty motley and generally ungodly lot. Princes William and Henry...?

So, to paraphrase an old Texas saying, "All hat and no cowboy.", what we seem to have with the monarchy is "All crown and no Christ."

We exactly are we supposed to do?