Prince Harry (pic left), the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, has been in the news lately and quite a few times in the recent past as a result of some of his antics.
Prince Harry has had to apologize for his latest gaffe of calling a fellow trainee soldier "Paki" (a racist term that is associated with violence against Pakistani immigrants in Britain) and calling another soldier wearing a camouflage scarf on his head "raghead" (an offensive term for Arabs) in a private video which was leaked to the public.
Prince Harry was hailed as a hero after his secret 10-week frontline stint in Afghanistan became public knowledge in February last year. It was a refreshing change from the regular news of his scandals: underage drinking, cannabis smoking, drunken nightclub outings and wearing a swastika to a fancy dress party.
However, all that goodwill has been washed down the drain with the recent revelation of his racist remarks (which, in fairness to him, were meant as playful terms of endearment for his comrade in arms). He has been branded a yob (British slang for a bad-mannered aggressive youth), foolish and ignorant, and faced calls to leave the army - in short, his behaviour is unbecoming of a prince.
After reading about all the scandals in which Prince Harry got involved, let me ask you the reader: "Is Prince Harry a prince?" The short answer - Yes!
Why is Prince Harry still a prince when his behaviour is so "unprincely"? This is because Prince Harry's status of prince and third-in-line to the throne has got absolutely nothing to do with his behaviour. It has everything to do with his birth; Prince Harry was born a prince. It has everything to do with the fact that his father is Prince Charles.
Similarly, the moment we were born into this world, we were sinners. We were sinners not because we sinned; we were sinners simply because we were born of Adam. In the same way, the moment we are born again, we are saints - the righteousness of God in Christ. We are righteous not because of what we do; we are righteous simply because we are born again of Christ.
Romans 5:18-19 (NLT)
18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
Some Christians, through erroneous preaching, believe that they can lose their salvation if they do not live holy lives. They have been taught that the moment they received Christ as Lord and Saviour, they received their salvation as "imputed righteousness" but after that they need to have "practical righteousness" i.e. live holy lives, usually by trying to keep the Law, in order to maintain their salvation.
I absolutely disagree with this illogical "theology". Romans 5:18-19 shows very clearly that our "sinnership" as well as our righteousness have got absolutely nothing to do with our behaviour. It has everything to do with the disobedience of Adam and the obedience of Christ.
Using the analogy of Prince Harry, we are princes even if our behaviour is unbecoming of a prince. Our behaviour can change (as evidenced by Prince Harry risking his life for his country on the frontline in Afghanistan) but our status remains constant.
As we discover and understand who we truly are in Christ through reading the scriptures and listening to anointed preaching , the Holy Spirit will do a work in us and help us to conform to the image of Christ.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.