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New Relationship; New Behaviors

By Don Loftis | 05.09.18

On May 19 the long anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place at Windsor Castle.  For better than a year, the couple has been at the center of news reporters from the tabloids to CNN.  Royalty will do that.

 

When Meghan officially marries into the royal family, there are some new guidelines she must adhere to.  She cannot sign any autographs or have any personal presence on social media.  She must control her emotions — no public display of affection (kiss, hug or handholding) with Harry and no crying in public.  She cannot vote or express any partisan political view.  Meghan cannot accept money from any type of work, cannot privately play Monopoly, and is forbidden to join any church other than the Protestant Anglican Church.  In formal settings, she is to always walk two steps behind Prince Harry.  Some of these seem bizarre, but all have well intentioned explanations.

 

As we become citizens of the kingdom of God and take our place in His royal family, there are some behavioral changes that are expected of us as well.  Colossians 3:1-12 describes these changes with the imagery of changing clothes — some things have to be put off, while others are put on.  The apostle Paul tells Titus, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 1:11-12).

 

Far from arbitrary or traditional, all of the requirements set forth by God are for our personal good and to insure the honor of the real king — Jesus Christ.

 


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