Both Prince William and Prince Harry made the news recently, although for very different reasons.
William, a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, led a team that saved the life of a 16-year-old girl caught in a riptide off the coast of Wales.
Meanwhile, Harry was living large in Las Vegas, evidently playing rounds of “strip billiards,” as shown by numerous photos that have surfaced of the nude prince cavorting with a number of equally unclothed young women.
The contrast between these two brothers could not be greater. Perhaps some sympathy is due Harry, who, barring some unforeseen tragedy, will never be king.
Doomed to serve as a genetic insurance policy against the life of his brother, what else can he look forward to if not enjoying some of the perks that come with being a royal?
The sober truth is, however, that royal families are not exempt from tragedy. The case of William and Harry’s mother, Diana, is proof of that. However unlikely it might be, Harry might yet one day be crowned king, and when a potential heir to the throne behaves this way, the monarchy itself is called into question.
The same dynamic holds true for those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.
We humbly affirm that we have been adopted into the royal family of God through Christ’s death and Resurrection on our behalf.
All of life after this should glorify the God who saved us, by honoring him in all our words and deeds.
When we see repeated examples of “Christians behaving badly,” those who do not share our convictions rightfully question everything we claim to believe.
For the honor of God, and for the sake of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, let us live more like a William and not a Harry.
THE REV. ED REES IS THE PASTOR OF ST. ANDREW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AUGUSTA.