In May the world’s media descended on the capital of England to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Shane Hughes considers how the reaction to ‘that’ sermon demonstrates the shortfall in society’s understanding of what true love is, and how that could be recaptured.
“As the world watched in awe at the grand pomp and ceremony of that day, the surprise star of the event was a man who only spoke for about 15 minutes. In his sermon, Bishop Michael Curry talked about love in a way that appeared to shock the world. The media was overwhelmed and people continue to talk about it now.
“The world has lost its understanding of what true love is”
I must admit, I found the sermon to be pretty good, but not earth shattering. It was truthful and to the point, but it did not really dwell on the application of this love. What worries me is the way people have found it to be a revelation. As if what Michael said was somehow a breakthrough of human endeavours. This sermon, though spoken with passion, should be nothing new to any Christian. It is the truth that resides in the bible and hopefully in every Church. And this makes me conclude two things…
The world has lost its understanding of what true love is. The idea that love is about forgiving others, about being considerate and understanding, of being patient and kind, of putting others first and considering yourselves second, is now so bizarre and strange to the world, that it does not see this as love. Instead it often sees it as weakness, or worse, as being stepped on – being a ‘doormat’. Though humans strives to ‘do the right thing’ ultimately many motives of today’s society are about “what’s in it for me?”. Years ago, anyone who acted selflessly to protect, or encourage, or lift up did so with no thought for praise or reward. Today those same people want others to know what they have done and what’s worse is we praise those who give away just a pittance of their money, or time. The world has simply lost the understanding of what love actually is – and that is sacrifice. John 3:16 says, ”for GOD so loved the world, that he gave…”To say we love is to say we will give, we will act, we will be patient, we will be kind, we will be serving, we will be sacrificial.
“Love can build bridges, love can bring peace, love can tear down walls, love can end poverty, love can change a heart”