Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Mixed Response to Queen's TV 'Faith' Message

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Buckingham Palace has received 25 times the usual number of letters following the Christmas message given by Queen Elizabeth II last December. Breaking from the traditional monologue, the queen spoke frankly of her Christian faith and what Christmas meant to her. "To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ, and my own personal accountability before God, provide a framework in which I try to live my life," she stated. The initial press reaction to the 10-minute speech was mixed. While some commentators praised it as candid, others criticized it as dull or overly religious. More controversially, she made a point of mentioning other faiths. She said, "The Bible, the Koran and the sacred texts of Jews and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs are all sources of divine inspiration." Sir Sigmund Sternburg, a leader of the Three Faiths Forum, a council of Muslims, Christians and Jews, said, "The broadcast was inspiring... She meant what she was saying, and it was clear that it was coming from the heart." (From the Electronic Telegraph)

No wonder that the leader of the Three Faith Forum found it inspiring; the Queen said what he wanted to hear. But can her message be reconciled with Scripture?

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