Jesus, the Queen and Myself by Robert Socha
The Queen’s death has had a profound effect on me. It is peculiar since I did not grow up under her rule or with the idea that a national sovereign is an appropriate form of government. The only thing I can surmise about why the Queen’s death affected me is that I count England as my spiritual birthplace, where the Lord Jesus Christ met me in a small Full Gospel church in Brandon, Suffolk, England. It also might have to do with the fact that she sat on that throne my entire life until her passing. Maybe it’s because of the hope she expressed in her faith in Jesus! I remember she said once that she hoped Jesus would return in her time so she could lay her crown at his feet.
She also said in her last Christmas message:
“They (children) teach us all a lesson – just as the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential.
It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing: simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus — a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith. His birth marked a new beginning. As the carol says, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”[i]
How marvelous! What an inspiration. God rest her soul and Save England’s newly crowned king.
Recently it has been difficult for me to collect my thoughts and present an argument. I’ve been thinking a lot about the things happening lately. I’ve been thinking about how justice seems to have been forsaken for virtue signaling and attacking the opposition. I’ve been thinking about how the man occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue demeans his detractors. I don’t particularly appreciate how he uses his office’s power to instill fear into his opposition. For example, he recently statedthat MAGA Republicans are a threat to our country.[ii]By making that statement and having it echoedby his press secretary[iii]he added 75 million people to the terror list. I think the worst part of that might be the fact that our charter intentionally created the United States a Republic, not a democracy! There is a difference.[iv]The usurpations of our representative Republic have morphed us into something unrecognizable even from my childhood. It is shocking how desperately the citizenry clings to the rhetoric espoused on both sides. Instead, we should cling to the great Book and the hope, direction, and salvation it offers.
The way senator Mark Warner[v]compares Republican protestors to the terrorists on 9/11 is contemptible! He should resign in disgrace! His peers should shun him! The unmitigated gall suggesting political opposition threatens the United States’s political process, and comparing the terrorists who attacked the twin towers to people who entered the Capitol on January 6th as if they have accosted the country equally is utterly shameful.
It makes me wonder if I’m to be targeted. It makes me wonder if one of those 87,000 new armed IRS agents or the FBI will come knocking on my door. It makes me wonder if I should be worried about traveling to our nation’s capital. It makes me wonder if I can ever trust the electoral process again. Finally, I wonder if the hope I have in our founding principles of life, liberty, and the foundations of limited government and personal responsibility will once again capture our culture’s consciousness.
As the song says, “My hope is built on nothing less then Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but only lean on Jesus name.”
About the Author
Robert Socha, BIO Robert Socha (so-ha), was born in southern California. He served 5 years 3 months active duty in the United States Air Force; honorably. After his service he took an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology, where, through his studies, developed a deep love of God and Country and sincere appreciation of the value of Liberty. Robert and his beloved wife of 21-plus years are raising 4 beautiful Texan children. They moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, in 2013, to put their children in Hillsdale Academy. Robert is a sales professional. He and his wife consider Michigan a hidden gem, and absolutely love this city and state (current political environment notwithstanding) they’ve adopted.