“The most valuable thing this world affords”
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, there was a significant moment during the coronation ceremony, when she was presented with a Bible, and told by the Archbishop of Canterbury: “We present you with this Book, the most valuable thing this world affords. Here is wisdom. This is the Royal Law. These are the lively oracles of God.”
‘The most valuable thing this world affords’, ‘here is wisdom’ – such wonderful words to remind not just a queen, but each of us. That we do need the Bible not just for the wisdom it affords, but because it is the Word of God given to us; that in its words, there is living power to transform lives. Yet sadly, we just treat it like any other book, as Gandhi pointed out:
“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”
How true and how sad.