Today the Queen is visiting our city of Melbourne (October 26). I am sorely tempted to join the crowds even just to get a glimpse of Her Majesty. If I were to shake her hand or converse with her I would be beside myself! I have great respect for our Queen, as I’m sure most Australians do. It would be amazing to meet her. (I’ll stick with my sermon preparation though. Right priorities, or just laziness about going in to the city? Not sure!)
Many years after becoming a Christian at University I realised something about the ‘mother-country’ England. I realised that I would probably not be a Christian if it were not for the British Empire.
Australia could have come under the French or Spanish instead of the English. In my view, Australia would not then have become a Christian country. The first chaplains to come to Sydney and the first settlement were sent out by British evangelicals. The British Empire saw to it that the gospel would come to Australia. For that I am profoundly grateful.
No doubt the British Empire did many things wrong in its various colonies. However it also spread the gospel far and wide throughout the world, and of that I am a beneficiary. And no doubt Australia is now moving rapidly away from its Christian roots, but they are still there enough for people like me to have heard the gospel and become a Christian.
I am not a monarchist as such. However I am grateful to Britain and to the Queen. I have heard her speak of Christianity and the gospel in her Christmas messages in the past. I am glad that she is a Christian. I am grateful that Britain brought the gospel to our shores. There is much for which to be thankful to our ‘mother-country’.
God bless the Queen.