Jim Denison on a Spiritual Look at the Royal Family

FILE – In this Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London after their recent stay in Canada. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

Jim Denison is the founder and CEO of the Denison Forum, a nonprofit Christian media organization that comments on current issues through a biblical lens. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


NOTE: The sermon I preached yesterday, “God’s Peace in Our Pain,” is available on our website today. Focusing on three stories of transformation in Matthew 8, I explore three wrong answers and three right answers to the question, “Where is God when life hurts?” I hope the manuscript is helpful to you today.

Prince Harry will reportedly meet with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William today. Meghan is likely to join them by phone from Canada. The meeting was called by the queen to “thrash out solutions to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals.

News continues to break daily on this evolving story.

It is being reported that royal family members have become increasingly worried about Harry’s mental health since he told a reporter that flashes of photographers triggered PTSD-like flashbacks to his mother’s death. He also said that mental health problems he thought he had beaten had come back to haunt him. Such concerns are said to be motivating Prince Charles as he seeks the best future for his son.

Meanwhile, Meghan has signed a deal with Disney to benefit a wildlife charity. It involves recording a voiceover in return for a donation to Elephants Without Borders. According to one report, the arrangement “offers a hint of the couple’s future life, using their celebrity status to benefit their chosen causes.”

Many have been comparing Meghan Markle, an American divorcée, to Wallis Simpson, another American divorcée who married a member of the royal family. The former King Edward VIII abdicated his throne in 1936 to marry her. However, Harry is only sixth in line to the throne. And no one is discussing the kind of permanent exile into which Edward and Wallis were banished.

RULING THE UK FOR SIXTY-EIGHT YEARS 

Celebrity comes and goes, but royalty endures. On February 6, Queen Elizabeth will have ruled the United Kingdom for sixty-eight years. Her firstborn, Charles, has been heir to the throne from the moment of his mother’s ascension in 1952.

What is true in Great Britain is even more true in God’s kingdom.

Elizabeth and Charles were born into royalty. Christians are born again into royalty as well: as the children of God, we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Scripture defines your status this way: “You are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:7).

This status is irrevocable. My two sons will always be my sons—they cannot reverse history and undo their birth. In the moment of our salvation, we “have eternal life” (John 3:16)—not just in heaven but on earth as well. We are God’s “new creation”—for us, “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As children of the King of the universe, we are part of the greatest royal family in the universe. And we are members of that family forever.

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