At first sight, the best reason to be grateful for the monarchy may be because it keeps us free from a president. Presidents are political creatures, and politics is a dirty business. Politics does not easily succumb to redemption.
But we are not just political animals, we are, as CS Lewis once famously wrote, amphibious. We are half animal and half spirit. We are, to put it a bit more carefully, ’embodied souls.’
And while part of us understands the need for a political head of state, within Christendom there has developed this sense of a monarchy that is in some way associated with the holy, and connected with God’s purposes for a people.
Royalty asks for and then claims the blessing of God to engage a king or a queen to act as head of state. In so…