Dr Kameel Majdali, the founder of Teach all Nations (TAN) ministry, is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He served as the Principal of Harvest Bible College for 13 years, training and equipping people for full-time ministry. Kameel is a highly respected authority in biblical theology. He currently resides in the UK and travels all over the world preaching God’s Word. Kameel is in Australia for his Annual Understanding the Times national tour that will be presented from 9 September to 24 October 2022. He joined Neil Johnson, host of 20Twenty for a special live streamed event hosted at Vision’s studios.
When Kameel left the UK to begin his Understanding The Times tour, the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing was announced while he was in mid-flight. The immediate question was, ‘what does this mean for Australia?’ There were concerns about King Charles’ lean toward left-wing thinking and what type of leader he would be following Queen Elizabeth’s outstanding reign.
Kameel has followed the constitutional monarchy since he migrated to Australia from America. ‘I decided to study it and was very, very impressed with what I learnt, especially because there is a biblical side to it. It may not be highlighted very much, but it is clearly there,’ said Kameel.
The coronation service is basically a Christian anointing service, and the coronation oath is very gospel and Christian-laced.
‘It reminds me of the deep belief that we are created by God. Ultimately, we are accountable to Him, and that is a healthy thing. That’s where you get the life-giving fear of the Lord. So the apolitical Christianised crown reminds those in power that they don’t have the final say. They are accountable to a higher power.’
Kameel believes this creates a safety valve for what can often be a power grab by people, not just in politics but in all walks of life. He spent his first year at university studying Western civilisation full-time, which he says is a vilified topic amongst the political left. ‘It is something we need to recapture because if we don’t know it and don’t appreciate it, we can lose it. Civilisations collapse very quickly. I don’t believe that’s what God wants, but there’s a part we have to play if we’re going to stave off the rot,’ said Kameel.
The symbolism of the British monarchy demonstrates the ultimate authority, similar to when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. It’s a constitutional way of governance that states God is the ultimate ruler and above man’s law. People don’t understand that it is servant leadership at the highest level. It’s not the monarchy of George III that the American colonists broke from in 1776 when he abused his authority. It has evolved into a very stable form of government, and they have learnt valuable lessons over the centuries and decades. They have since put into practice a finely tuned balance of power. It’s taken a thousand years to get to this formulation, but it’s been well worth it. This is demonstrated by Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada’s relatively stable domestic histories.
In contrast, the American Constitution is ingenious, but there are conditions to it, not written in the Constitution but by the Founding Fathers. John Adams, the second president, said this American Constitution was written for moral and religious people and is totally unsuited for anything else. There is a dependency that everyone will be well-behaved and Christian-like in order for the American Constitution to function the way it should. Today, because of the falling away of some aspects of American Christendom, there’s so much unconstitutionality in US politics, although there are other aspects that are thriving.
The British constitutional monarchy has a head of state where the apex of power is apolitical. It doesn’t represent anyone’s factions, has no favours to pay back, and no major fundraising. It just exists. It separates all of the branches of government. So, they can’t take over the judiciary, the military, the legislative, or take over the executive.
‘That’s powerful, too, but also it symbolises our history, our heritage, and our customs. We can’t go forward in the future if we don’t know from where we came. So for the historical heritage side, for the balance of power side, for the symbolism of the sovereignty of God, it is unsurpassed; this constitutional monarchy,’ said Kameel.
The Push for Becoming a Republic
Considering it took a thousand years to put together constitutional governance that has appeared to work well, there is now the threat of Republican movements in Australia. There are those who want to do away with the British style of constitutional monarchy. The Prime Minister has stated that this is not the time to be talking about any sort of change, but no doubt it will be brought up in the not-too-distant future.
‘I think it’s important for Australian people to be familiar with how the country is run because democracy can be misused, or it can be harmed when the electorate doesn’t even know how the system works. So this is something I think strongly needs to be emphasised. Once it’s understood how the system works, if there are proposals for change, and it’s a free country that can happen, then fine. Let’s talk from a vantage point of knowledge. We know the system runs this way, and we appreciate the good points. But here are things you haven’t considered. Here’s how we can make it better and then come up with good reasons why there should be change and then come up with good, practical solutions to bring the change and then let the electorate decide as the Constitution mandates that they should,’ said Kameel.
This article was inspired by Dr Kameel Majdali’s interview with Neil Johnson.
To listen to Kameel’s full interview, click the link below. The topic of the British monarchy begins at 18.28 minutes into the full interview.