God Save the Queen on the Moon


No this is not about the Sex Pistols but actually HM her very self and has been brought about by the (non) reaction to her latest Christmas message. The Telegraph proudly reported that it was a ratings hit but will they and the great British public take any notice of what she actually said, or will they take as much notice as the typical CofE Christmas time church goer gives to the sermon from an earnest young  vicar?

It is far more likely that many of those who do watch the broadcast will then not heed her advice while those that are more likely to agree with what she says probably don't watch. That said I suppose there is not a lot of point preaching to the converted. The Independent did at least take notice of what she said this year and even speculated that she could play a similarly subtle role in a future EU plebiscite as she did for the Scottish one. What I also think is that we should be thankful her father took over the throne from his brother and  that she was around in the 80's as she was the only person who could put a certain someone back in her box.

It is not just this year that she has extolled the virtues of reconciliation, the need to "bring people together", helping those in need and "to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none." It is from a very strongly New Testament take on Christianity for which there is no need to be an ardent God botherer to agree with morality of the message.  

Below are some quotes from the last three years and the most recent message is embedded via Ubend 

Obviously most of our politicians and media have not taken her advice in the past and despite her being more obvious this Christmas, I doubt they will now. 

Happy New Year!

2012

This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son 'to serve, not to be served'. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others.

2013

The anniversary reminded me of the remarkable changes that have occurred since the Coronation, many of them for the better; and of the things that have remained constant, such as the importance of family, friendship and good neighbourliness.

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.

2014

The benefits of reconciliation were clear to see when I visited Belfast in June. While my tour of the set of Game of Thrones may have gained most attention, my visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol will remain vividly in my mind. What was once a prison during the troubles is now a place of hope and fresh purpose; a reminder of what is possible when people reach out to one another, rather like the couple in the sculpture.

Of course, reconciliation takes different forms. In Scotland after the referendum many felt great disappointment, while others felt great relief; and bridging these differences will take time. Bringing reconciliation to war or emergency zones is an even harder task, and I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk.

For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none. 


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