With all the fanfare over the arrival of William and Kate’s first baby, (the “royal baby”)  I was just thinking about the whole concept of “royalty” and why monarchies still exist. 

As far as I know, kings and queens are mostly figureheads, right?  Or do they still have political power, albeit from behind the scenes?  If they don’t have much power, then what is the point? Do people want to hold on to monarchies for the same reason people like watching soap operas…. to  escape our own ordinary lives and keep track of  the drama in someone else’s life?   Ok, that was a lot of questions in one paragraph, but I’m asking these questions because personally I don’t get why we should bow down to or idolize people who are no better than you, me, or Joe Schmo down the street.  And people who really didn’t do much to obtain their fame and fortune…. other than being born.  Well, or marrying into a “royal” family.

There is one true king. The King of kings.  And maybe I have the wrong attitude on all of this, but in my view there is no earthly king who is worthy of our deep reverence and attention.   Don’t get me wrong.  I believe all people should be treated with respect, so I wouldn’t disrespect Prince William, or the Queen of England, or any “royal” if I were to meet them in real life.  But there is only one King who I worship and revere. Jesus!

And speaking of that, since I am a daughter of the true King, what does that make me?  Yes, a princess!  😀  There are millions of true princesses in this world.   And princes. In fact, this may be a good topic for a completely different blog post, but I believe this is why so many little girls are practically obsessed with anything “princess-y” and have so much fun dressing up like princesses.  Because that is how we were designed, to be a beloved daughter of the true King.  It’s in our DNA.

Your thoughts?

 

  • Geoff

    I think the fact that you’re asking the question proves that it has some value. How would you know what a Princess was if you didn’t have a human model of it? It’s a visual and physical reminder of the romance of the gospel and that Christ died for a bride etc. I grew up (in England) thinking that the whole Royalty thing was a waste of time and money but I think differently now. I think there is value in having a figurehead that represents Christ and His church, especially in these days. I think that whatever reminder that we can have about Jesus as King and ruler of a Kingdom, is a good thing, especially at a national leadership level, as long as that power is not abused and we keep it in its right place, as symbolic. As far as financially it’s also good for the economy because of the amount of tourism and interest that it generates abroad. Look at The Royal Wedding for example, most of the world saw a Christian ceremony with readings from The Bible at something that symbolizes the the marriage of Christ to His church in the age to come. It can also remind us that there is something more special to life than being just ordinary common people. We ARE Royalty through Jesus, as Gods children as you have said. Another thing is that in England, the reigning Monarch is the head of the church in England, which is unequivocally a Christian church. It’s that which gives England its identity as a Christian nation. Even if it isn’t so much in practice now, its something that you can call always call people back to. So it has a lot of value in my opinion

  • lily

    Wow, that’s a very interesting perspective! I had a feeling that since you are from England, and a Christian, you would have good insight on this topic. I had never really thought of it that way before. Well, I guess I have, on some level…. I mean, it’s true that there is usually an earthly representation of spiritual things.

    But how does that go along with what Jesus said about all people being equal in Christ? I mean, yes, we are all equal even with monarchies, but you don’t think that earthly monarchies sort of send the message that some people are above others?

    Also, if they are not doing a good job of representing Christ… then I’m not so sure that it’s a good thing. I mean, if people are turned away from the idea of kings, queens, etc, because of what they see royal families doing, then would God still want them to be a symbol?

    Am I making sense here? ha Thanks for your comments, I really like hearing your thoughts on this!

  • Geoff

    It does send the wrong message if it’s misunderstood and Monarchs certainly can and have abused their power. I don’t think that’s the case now though. But there’s definitely still value in having some kind of physical image and representation of Christ as a King. As I have said, I never used to think that way and I’m certainly one for “power to the people” and us all being equal, but living in America as I do now, I think you lack something of value that England has.

  • Geoff

    Let me ask you a question then. Why do you think there is still so much interest in it, even in America?

  • lily

    Hmm… Yes, I see what you’re saying. And, it does make life more interesting, as you were alluding to on facebook. It would be dull if everyone in the world was ordinary and the same.

    I do see the value in having a physical representation of what God designed His children to be – royalty. As I was saying, you can see how little girls are practically obsessed with being a princess. There’s definitely something to that, and it’s something that I think many people don’t think about. Or they just dismiss it as the desire to be rich and glamorous, but I think there’s more to it than that.

    To answer your last question, I think there are a few reasons why theres still so much interest, even in the US. Obviously, many people are fascinated by the rich and famous. It’s why TV shows or gossip magazines about famous people are so popular. People like to ‘follow’ their lives, and keep up with their latest drama… maybe it’s entertaining, for people with ordinary lives?

    But I think there is more to it than that. I think people see that, as you mentioned, there’s something romantic and special about it, and that I think is what goes along with your point, that it’s symbolic of the romance of the Gospel. I don’t know, I haven’t really put much thought into this (as you can see, that’s why I asked so many question in my original post). But now you got me thinking about it, and I’m glad I brought up this topic. Thank you again for your thoughts on this, and I hope to hear what others have to say in response to your point!