Exodus 33:11 Adonai would speak to Moshe face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
Isaiah 41:8 “But you, Isra’el, my servant; Ya‘akov, whom I have chosen, descendants of Avraham my friend
John 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
The Queen… If you have not watched this movie, I highly encourage it. Our family probably has most of the lines memorized since we have watched it so many times. Why do I find it so intriguing?
It shows the transformation of the monarchy from an “establishment” to a more “modern world.” When Princess Diana died, the idea from the monarchy was to “do nothing.” The people did not appreciate this and spoke against what was being decided. Tony Blair, the Prime Minister at the time, brought insight and new ideas to the table and the “establishment” began to realize that “times were changing.”
When Princess Diana entered the scene, she changed how the monarchy was viewed. The quote is that she became “the people’s princess.” She related to the crowds. She brought smiles to faces. She showed love to those she met. The dynamics of the establishment changed.
This was difficult for many within to understand and because of that there was tension. She was often viewed from within as a person who took things too far and caused issues.
How does, or should, these thoughts and ideas impact and challenge us today?
If we look at “religion,” it can be viewed as the monarchy. Most ideas of religion are not personable. They are not relational. Religion is acting out of a “God sits on His throne and directs the world” mentality. This is/was how the monarchy was operating. The Queen was taught to speak and act a certain way. She wasn’t allowed to show emotion. She wasn’t able to interact with too many around her, and when she did so many protocols were placed on her it had to feel forced at times (yes, these would be my observations since I have not actually spoken with her).
Some of these thoughts and ideas are important and key to keep an establishment going. However, along the way we cannot be so “stuck” that movement forward becomes challenged. We need to realize that maybe a change is necessary. Maybe the plan needs a tweak so more people can be reached.
Religion, as we know it, is being shaken to the core. How do we become relational, and yet hold to the TRUTH of the Word is DIFFICULT!!!! How do we move from a “monarchy” to a “modern” idea and KEEP the Truth?
God had always desired for a relationship with His people. We can see this in the verses above. He didn’t want to be a monarchy sitting on His throne, aloof and away from His creation. Jesus, becoming the Word in flesh, changed the dynamic even more.
Jesus called us His “friends.” He taught relationship and exampled relationship. And yet, Jesus NEVER gave up what God gave to the Children of Israel. The establishment and foundation never went away. Jesus just personalized it.
That, my friends, is what we are called to do. We MUST uphold the established foundation of the Word of God NO MATTER WHAT. BUT, we must NEVER lose sight that we have to “meet the needs of the people” and work with them relationally.
When the Queen realized that she needed to relationally “meet the people” the mood of the country changed. When she stepped out and met them in their grief, the nation united.
Remember that challenge today. People NEED guidelines and a foundation, but it can be done with care and genuine concern for the needs of those we meet. Bring the two together for HIS glory and HIS love. We need to be able to connect His Power and Glory and Majesty with the world we live in. That is how we bring heaven to earth and bring people to a true understanding of God.
Let’s ask ourselves what we need to do to bring the monarchy and modern together for HIS PURPOSES.