On April 29, the eyes of the world will be on the Royal Wedding. Despite all the clamouring for republicanism and democracy, the apparently outdated institution of the monarchy still captures the imagination of billions. At least when it is combined with a wedding.
Charles Moore offered an interesting commentary on this anomaly in The Daily Telegraph . He writes:
People sometimes say that there is nothing more here than the love of glamour and celebrity. It would be better to put it the other way round: glamour and celebrity are the gaudy imitations of the effect of monarchy. The idea of kingship, with its aura of duty and power, of ceremony and beauty, is uniquely strong... Miss Middleton, like Lady Diana, is a lovely woman, but what raises her to a higher plane of glamour (inadequate word) is when the loveliness joins with the royalness – the moment she becomes a princess.
All ideas about kingship become most poignant in the form of a marriage because, particularly in modern culture, a marriage is a highly personal act. ...But the consequences in their case are not merely personal. They involve a dynasty and a national destiny. [http://bit.ly/gdsctb]
Moore is right. Our culture’s obsession with glamour and celebrity are “the gaudy imitations of the effect of monarchy”. The desire for a King is built into the heart of humanity. But people who will not have King Jesus as their monarch seek alternative kings to celebrate. The Old Testament calls this idolatry and the New Testament personalizes them as anti-Christs. “The idea of kingship,” as Moore puts it, remains “uniquely strong”. There are just different kings now. Idols.
But why is it that a royal wedding ignites this latent passion for monarchy? Again Moore is right: “All ideas of kingship become most poignant in the form of marriage”. A royal wedding is the climax of all of human history – the ultimate goal for which the human heart was made to long. The Bride of Christ has been taking a long time to get herself ready, but the day will come when, as with Miss Middleton, her “loveliness joins with the royalness – the moment she becomes a princess.”
Billions will watch the royal wedding, but no 21st century media coverage can match the attention that will be given to the ultimate Royal Wedding. It too, like any marriage, will be a “highly personal act”, and it too will have consequences that “are not merely personal”. For they will involve a dynasty – as King David’s greater Son is seated on David’s throne at God’s right hand in a kingdom that will never end. But unlike William and Kate’s marriage, the consequences will involve far more than a “national destiny” – the destiny of all creation hinges on the Marriage of the Lamb. Long live the King!