Watching the Netflix series The Crown has given the world a clearer picture of a monarchy. Watching Queen Elizabeth II seek to find balance between her role as wife and mother and that of monarch gives the stress of life a whole new meaning. But even more so, watching the extravagance, pomp and circumstance, and splendor of the monarchy has been entertaining and informing. Watchers have been reminded that you are not necessarily responding to a particular person so much as you are to a concept—The Crown.
To read the gospels will give an entirely different picture of a King. Instead of being born in regal circumstances and living in royal estates with noble manners, the King came to peasants, born without pomp, and lived without a place to lay His head that He could call His own. He didn’t come demanding loyalty and obedience by virtue of His position. Instead, He came and earned obedience and respect by the life He chose to live among men.
Yet, we dare not forget that we live under The Crown. It is not an earthly monarchy. Instead, it’s the theocracy of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. It’s the situation where we are living in a Kingdom not of this world. And, even more than with earthly kings and queens, we are living in submission to the One who created the universe and we do so gladly. The ultimate difference is in the character and position of the Monarch. After all, we live under the rule of the God of the universe. Yet the key difference is the spirit in which we submit. We choose to honor the King because of who He is and what He does.