Friday, April 29, 2011
The Royal Wedding
To begin and clear the air, I will say that I enjoy a good fairytale story as much as the next girl. I do find a bit of girlish charm in the fact that the Prince met and married a commoner. The heir to the throne of England fell in love with a normal "working class" girl-next-door. That sounds like a Disney movie in my book! And, being a girl, of course I enjoy any wedding....especially a royal one. I thought Kate looked beautiful and her dress was lovely! Fitting for a modern day princess....
However, I believe the whole thing has been severely overdone. We have heard about this wedding for months now. Every TV channel has had coverage of the royal event that took place today at Westminster Abby.The news stated that there were 45 Facebook posts every second! Think about that for a moment. And Twitter? It greatly surpassed the number of Tweets made during the Superbowl. Millions of people here in America set their alarms to sit and watch the wedding of the year.
Now, hear me out: I don't think it was wrong to get up and watch the royal wedding. I don't find anything wrong with sitting down to watch a small piece of history unfold. I, myself, watched the coverage later in the day. I do, however, find it ironic and interesting that many people who got out of bed at 3 a.m. to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton can't seem to get up out of bed to pray in the morning, or make it to Church on time (if at all) to hear the Word of God being proclaimed. Ironic, that's all.
It is estimated that the royal wedding cost summed up to $70 million. Wow. Really? What a sum. When I read that, I couldn't help but wonder, "What if all that money was spent on a bigger and greater cause?"
To quote one blogger:
WHAT IF instead of a $434,000 dress... Every one of the 88 abandoned and severely special needs children at Sarah's Covenant Home in India got the life saving surgeries and therapies that they needed. What would that look like?
WHAT IF instead of spending $800,000 on the royal flowers..... 320 houses were built for families displaced by the earthquake in Haiti. What would that look like?
WHAT IF instead of the $80,000 cake ordered for the wedding....the financial burden was removed to bring 4 children home to eager and loving families. What would that look like?
WHAT IF the $65,000 that will be used just to clean the streets for the royal wedding procession....was used instead to clean up these streets in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.What would that look like?
WHAT IF instead of a $600,000 luncheon hosted by Prince Charles....The remaining 144 un-sponsored children at Yezelalem Minch (Ethiopia) were sponsored for the next 12 years- or until most of them are adults- providing them with an education, nutrition and a safe place to grow up. What would that look like?
I have to agree. What if, instead, the hungry were fed, the homeless given homes, the naked clothed? What if, instead, Bibles were printed and distributed? The gospel spread....lives changed for eternity....souls saved.
Like I said, it's been serious overkill. It is history. It is a wedding. That is all. There are far more important issues that need to be obsessed over. Like abortion....which never gets media coverage. Like the sacredness of marriage....which is under enormous attack. Like "one nation under God"....which is becoming non-existent. There's plenty more. Take your pick.
I wish the royal couple marital happiness and pray for their loyalty to their covenant as well as for their salvation. But really....it's not THAT important, is it??