‘Faithful Christian disciple’: Christian leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

‘Faithful Christian disciple’: Christian leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in the history of the British Isles, died Thursday at age 96.

Taking the throne in 1952 and being officially crowned in 1953, Elizabeth II was a notable ruler who saw major changes to the global stage, as well as the status of the United Kingdom.

Within hours of the announcement of her passing, many people from diverse religious, national and political backgrounds paid their respects to the prominent royal.

Here are five reactions from prominent Christian leaders in the United States and the U.K.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby released a statement in which he conveyed his “profound sadness” over the queen’s death, asking for prayers for the royal family.

“As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society,” said Welby.

“As deep as our grief runs, even deeper is our gratitude for Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary dedication to the United Kingdom, her Realms and the Commonwealth. Through times of war and hardship, through seasons of upheaval and change, and through moments of joy and celebration, we have been sustained by Her Late Majesty’s faith in what and who we are called to be.”

Welby also spotlighted Elizabeth II’s position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England and a “faithful Christian disciple,” noting that she “lived out her faith every day of her life.”

The Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, emailed a statement shared with The Christian Post calling the queen “a symbol of stability and steadfastness for the United Kingdom for 70 years.”

Graham said he appreciated “her example of leadership and her life of integrity,” while noting her friendship with his father, the late Rev. Billy Graham.

“My father had the privilege of meeting with the Queen more than a dozen times, and she was a gracious host, inviting my parents to visit Buckingham Palace on several occasions,” Graham said.

“My father said he found Queen Elizabeth ‘to be a woman of rare modesty and character,’ and made a pledge to pray for her and her family every day.”

Graham concluded by noting that Elizabeth II “was a friend to my father, but more importantly, she was a true friend of the Christian faith. She will be profoundly missed.”

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who preached at the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, released a statement offering his condolences.

“Today we mourn the passing and celebrate the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. My prayers for peace go out for her, for her loved ones, and for all those who knew and loved her throughout the world,” said Curry.

“Her resilience, her dignity, and her model of quiet faith and piety have been — and will continue to be — an example for so many.”

“May she rest in peace and rise in glory,” added the bishop.

Greg Laurie, an author and pastor of the multisite megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, also offered his condolences.

In a post on Twitter, Laurie quoted a 2002 remark by the queen in which she said: “I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad.”

“Elizabeth II wasn’t just an icon of the 21st century, England’s Queen. She was the daughter of another King, the King of Kings & Lord of Lords,” Laurie tweeted. “Welcome home. You left us better.”

The Rev. Johnnie Moore, a two-time commissioner who served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, paid his respects on his official Twitter account.

“As deep as our grief runs, even deeper is our gratitude for Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary dedication to the United Kingdom, her Realms and the Commonwealth.

“Through times of war and hardship, through seasons of upheaval and change, and through moments of joy and celebration, we have been sustained by Her Late Majesty’s faith in what and who we are called to be.”


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