4: Queens & Queendoms - Is it Biblical?
In this post we'll look at the following questions:
- Should Christian women take on a "queen" mentality?
- Should we build our queendoms/pursue success?
- What does it mean to be a royal priesthood?
There is an increasing promotion of a "queendom" message in the Body of Christ today. A message focused on self-worth, self-motivation, successful romantic relationships and building an empire of some sort.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with using the term queen in an endearing way, if we become caught up in mindset that finds an identity in being a queen, we can easily slip into error.
Building for eternity
As Christ followers our goal should be to bear fruit that remains, and build in a way that will have an eternal impact. Though there is nothing wrong with having a great home, business, career etc. there should a mindfulness of eternity in all that we do. When Jesus came to Earth, He wasn't focused on building an earthly kingdom, instead He focused on building people, and being obedient to the Father at every point of His journey.
Much of the queen movement focuses on building self. Similarly to the new age, it again comes down to building the life you desire, using biblical principles but bypassing the actual process God desires to take us through. The process is not only to bring "success" into our lives but to form in us the character of Christ, making us fruitful and trustworthy.
I write success in inverted commas because God's definition of success is different to the world's. Success in the kingdom looks like Joseph going to prison because he refused to sin against God by submitting to Potiphar's wife. Success looks like Jesus nailed to a cross. It looks like obedience, in even the tiniest of matters.
God is not against us having material things like financial wealth, a nice home, car and the like - He in fact promises us blessings on this side of eternity. Yet He remains a God of principle, and in His kingdom the way up is down. Being successful -being trustworthy enough to steward the blessings faithfully means learning obedience and allowing God to process you. Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Abba doesn't want us to build ourselves, He wants to build us - He knows HOW to build us. He knows who He created us to be - and if we allow Him to take us through His process then when we are successful - all the glory will go to Him alone.
We don't have to be queens to be strong women either - when we are weak in Him, His strength becomes our own. There is nothing we need to prove the people that hurt us, or broke us down. We don't have to pursue success in order to feel secure or to keep from ever needing someone else's help. It is God's desire and great delight to mend heart, mind and soul. To build us up and nurture in us the strength that comes from a gentle and quiet spirit - fully dependent on Him. Fully secure in His love and fully aware of who we are and what we have in Him.
A Royal Priesthood
There are two scriptures that are often referenced when people say that we are 'kings and queens' in God's kingdom;
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
-1 Peter 2:9 KJV
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
-Revelation 1:6 KJV
These scriptures speak of us being set-apart as a nation of people (made co-heirs and co-labourers with Christ) making us kings and priests just as Jesus is The King of kings and our Great High Priest.
To be a king and priest is to be a son - and operate as Jesus did. He served His Father, and He served the people He was sent to. He learned obedience by the things He suffered, and though He laid aside His heavenly glory, He never stopped being a King. Jesus showed us that kings don't bow to Satan - they stay in their place of authority. He showed us that kings serve the people, He didn't come to be served by the people.
Being a king and a priest (or a son of God) is not about gender - it's a spiritual position based on your relationship with God. We are all called a royal priesthood - but to appropriate the authority held in those positions requires us to go through a process of maturing in Christ, growing in intimacy and in the knowledge of Him.
In the same way men are still part of the Bride of Christ, women are still sons of God - both are about position and relationship, not your natural gender.
A look at Queen Esther
A previous mention of Esther as it relates to the queen movement:
"Spiritually speaking, we render ourselves completely powerless when we live out of any false identity. If we think we are queens when we are meant to be sons (John 1:12 kjv); kings and priests unto God (Rev 1:6), then we cannot 'decree and declare' anything in line with God's Will. We have no authority or mark in the spirit realm by which we are recognised. Let's see this demonstrated in the book of Esther (please read if you haven't before);
Esther was a queen and of Jewish heritage. A man called Haman had convinced the king to agree to the destruction of the Jewish people and so the decree went out. (Esther 3:8)
Esther being queen had no direct power over this. She could not simply command that the decree be invalidated somehow, because she had no authority to do so. She had to have the king's intervention in order to save her people and we see this pan out in chapters 5 to 7.
This biblical event shows where the true authority lies. The enemy would love to trick us into thinking that as queens we are in a position of high standing that commands authority, but it is merely his counterfeit of what Gods is doing in this hour."
Although Esther is a great example of how we can intercede for and serve others; queens had no authority in those days, only kings did. Being a "queen and a priest" is scripturally inaccurate and therefore should not be part of our belief system.
Read on: 1 Corinthians 3:13 | Matthew 6:19-33