Rev Michael Curry’s recent sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding last Saturday has caused controversy in my home country of Australia. Comments have ranged from “Amazing!” through “American Showbiz” all the way to “Inappropriately Grandstanding Meghan’s Special Day”. Now I have no loyalty to or against the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church. I’m not American, black or Anglican. But I am highly opinionated, so I share this brief review.
If it was not exegetical, the sermon was deeply Scriptural, not only quoting from the Song of Solomon and Jesus’ summary of the law in the commandments of love, but also alluding to the real heart of the Bible’s message of love in 1 John 4.
People complain about his “passion”, upstaging the bride. I reckon he was preaching on 25% power and the passion he displayed was appropriate to the message and the occasion. If the Word of God cannot be proclaimed with passion, we might as well stay at home.
My only real criticism is about the extended metaphor of fire, inspired by Teilhard de Chardin. I think I know what the primate meant, but felt that I learned more about fire than I did about love. I am sometimes guilty of the same. After a sermon, people complain they learn more about sport than they do about Christ. It’s a fair criticism, because the illustrations we use must serve the message, not the message serve the illustration. We must preach Christ, not our hobbies.
The best thing about the sermon was that he preached the gospel and its transforming potential for the whole world. As I listened, I caught myself imagining a world ruled by love and I wanted to recommit myself to loving God and loving others. And that desire was centered on how God had shown his love first for me in Christ and in the cross. Of course, the second best thing about the sermon was that millions of people across the world made themselves listen to it. May God’s Spirit apply God’s Word to their hearts to effect lasting and real change for the good of all.
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