This is demonstrated not only in hosting leaders of different faiths, but in invitations that are made, and visits that Her Majesty makes. Religious diversity is often a topic spoken of in Her Majesty’s Christmas Broadcast too.
‘Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them’.
Lord Jesus, the chapter of Romans 14 is a very challenging read for this topic. I am warned not to judge someone based on what they eat, how and what they worship. Forgive me Lord, when I make judgment calls when I should be listening more and trying to understand. Come to my aid and stop me judging and comparing. It is so easy to do when I want to make myself look better than someone else, help me, O God.
Continue to encourage me to reach out to others with different beliefs and build bridges as Her Majesty demonstrates. Thank you for the way Her Majesty fosters and promotes inter-faith harmony. Thank you that she respects each one, reaching out a hand of grace and love. Encourage and stimulate me to do the same, for Your glory.
‘Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticise and judge each other, then you are criticising and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbour?’ James 4:11-12
With so much religious fighting around the world, keep me mindful that it is my attitude and actions that will be judged by You, The Righteous Judge. Admonish me when I get it wrong. Thank you for your amazing forgiveness when I fail. Thank you for your gracious love and mercy flowing for each one, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to have eternal life.
In Jesus’ name, I ask these things,