In the 2010 film The King’s Speech, we see a reluctant Prince Albert, played by Colin Firth, overcome his stammer with the help of his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush.
There is an interesting scene in this film that made me pause. As the two men are discussing the possibility of the abdication of King Edward VIII, the speech therapist whispers, “you’d make a great king”. The prince recoils in horror, accusing his friend of treason. Such a forceful reaction to such a slight indiscretion!
The book of Judges records a similar story. Gideon, a mighty warrior, has just rescued the Israelites from oppression. In their enthusiasm for his skilled leadership, the Israelites want him as their king. Gideon declines, saying, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The LORD will rule over you.” (Judges chapter 8, verse 23)
Treason is defined as conspiring against the government, especially an attempt to kill or overthrow the sovereign. Both the Prince and Gideon recognise the concept of treason, but Gideon is the one who correctly identifies the true King: the LORD.
The true sovereign
God, our Creator, is the true sovereign. He has the authority to rule over each of our lives. Yet, in small things or big, I can hear a whisper in my heart, “You could rule. You should make the decisions. You should run your own life. You’d make a great Queen.”
I want to call out that lie for what it is: treason against the Most High God. Any time we attempt to usurp His authority by calling the shots in life and doing whatever is right in our own eyes, we are committing treason.
Treason is an extremely serious crime. It is punishable by death or life imprisonment in countries all over the world. As humans we understand the despicable nature of rebellion against instituted authority.
When I consider the crime of treason in my relationship to God, it puts a whole new spin on all the ways I try to run things my way. It’s no longer a matter of a “little” rebellion or being “independent” or “free-spirited”. No, rebellion against God’s authority is a serious crime with a serious penalty.
As a Christian, thankfully, I have been given a royal pardon for the crime of treason and I can now enjoy a relationship with God. I am no longer sentenced to death. I now call Christ Lord and submit to His authority.
However, often there is still a struggle to let go of my strangle hold on the crown. I might still hear quiet whispers suggesting I should be in charge, or even a full-blown campaign calling for my own coronation. Still, it is my duty to the true King to reject treasonous thoughts and declare, as Gideon did, His supreme right to rule.
Lucinda is a housewife who loves reading, cooking, and playing the violin. She volunteers as a Girls’ Brigade leader.
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Lucinda is a mum to two little girls. She loves baking, reading, and sewing.