Let me put a scenario before you: There is a whole society perishing for lack of biblical knowledge. Most citizens know zero about God’s truth. But a public event has occurred that thrusts you, a Christian, into the limelight. And you have just about two minutes to read a portion of Scripture that millions of people will listen to via television and internet. This may be the only exposure they will ever have to the Bible. What would you choose to read?
This was just the situation last week when Margaret Thatcher died. She had two children who have not brought great credit to their parents. Their son, especially, has actually brought them great shame. But they have two grandchildren. And these grandchildren have been brought up in Texas under the eye of an evangelical mother (first wife of Thatcher’s son, Mark) and stepfather. The children are, apparently, committed Evangelicals themselves.
At Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, granddaughter Amanda Thatcher, nineteen, stepped up to the lectern of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and read what I am guessing she, or she and her family ( Or perhaps Margaret Thatcher herself?) had decided were the most relevant nine verses of those sixty-six books of the Bible. What did they choose?
Ephesians 6: 10-18: (here, in part)
“….Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places….”
Now, aren’t those a walloping few verses to present to some of the most powerful people in the world, gathered in that sanctuary? (Are you guessing she and her family also are feeling that darkness I talked of a few days ago?)
We know that, during the Lord’s temptation by Satan, Satan said to Jesus regarding the kingdoms of the world:
“To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me and I give it to whom I will….”
Christ did not argue with him, did he? Because on one level, it was true.
Satan is the great powerbroker in much of life. And little Amanda called him, and his human agents, out on it. Or, at least, God did.
I do not know much about Margaret Thatcher’s political heritage. I was too busy raising small children at that time to pay attention.
But, as many in the news media are saying, it seems that her genes have skipped a generation and her ‘iron’ qualities are present in this young girl.
May God be with her.
And a little note: Have you heard that beautiful song that seems to be sung on so many British state occasions – including the Thatcher funeral – “I Vow to Thee, My Country”?
Google that title with Katherine Jenkins and you are in for a treat.