God Help the King!
Pertaining to the Christian Faith in Britain, and Charles’ accession, here are a few thoughts from this Yank Christian, who hath visited Britain on several occasions:
Elizabeth’s expression of faith was appropriate for her time and seasons of mankind. Charles’ broader expression of faith is more appropriate for this age, a modern era of widespread revision in spiritual matters, and the religious expression thereof.
That broadening expression of faith and spirituality must remain free in a free dominion. Charles seems to have the optimum balance.
Where the King should make concessions — for the sake of updating and strengthening the monarchy and strengthening Britain itself, if such a thing can be done in the 21st-century — is this: the Crown’s payment of taxes, and a certain amount of conceding royal properties back to people of Britain and beyond.
Which is to say, the King ought to pay taxes, like everybody else. And some of those superfluous royal estates ought to be returned to the British .gov to be auctioned off, and the proceeds thereof added to the public till.
In King Charles’ immanent transition, he ought to promote his progressive ideas about sustainability and appropriate technology, planet preservation and environmental protection. They are legitimate, and they are needed to restore our Earth’s resiliency in a post-hyper-extractive Age. These conscientious environmental advocacies will gather more support from the green crowd and the liberals than stubborn insistence on archaic dogmas, and those revisions will improve wealth distribution in the realm.
What is more important, in this day and age, than religious identities, is the necessity for conservatory practice to sustain our World delicate balance of Mankind use and historic abuse of the World that God hath given us.
Christians do not need the support of the empire, the nation, the .gov or any other human entity, to sustain our faith. All we need, and all the Brit Christians need is the Lord’s Holy Spirit, which he sent after His resurrection, and which we still have, every day.
King Charles certainly has, ahead of him, a long row to hoe, a herculean task in a very unstable Age of doubt and cynicism. May the House of Windsor be a wellspring of environmental responsibility, fiscal generosity and spriitual freedom!
That said, We do not want the Church — whatever that means, institutionally — to end up like this:
. . . even thought the true Church of Jesus Christ is not dependent upon the structures, nor the institutions, nor the politics, nor the sanctuaries of men. We depend only on the Lord himself, as he hath revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God help the King!