A little over 2000 years ago, a man brought a message of love to the world. The message was revolutionary. “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:35) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. ” (Matthew 5:43)
This message was not what the world was expecting from the Messiah – it confused them, and they sought to find ways to explain it away.
2000 years later, the world heard the same message, at a wedding between a couple who have already challenged the traditional expectations.
Looking at the comments and reports following the message brought to the world in a church in Windsor yesterday – the world is just as confused as it was 2000 years ago. What seems clear is that the world has a very clear picture of what Christianity is about- and what it means to be a Christian and the message that Bishop Curry brought was a million miles from that picture. It seemed very surprised that it was possible to have fun as a Christian. To speak with passion. To actually have a loving relationship with the one who we read about in the bible.
My question is simple. The church has had over 2000 years to get its message right. Where have we gone so tragically wrong that the world doesn’t understand one of the fundamental cores of our beliefs is that God is LOVE. That the very reason Jesus came was because God SO loved the world……
Have we so watered down the gospel so that it is palatable to the world that we have compromised its core message? It’s time to get back to the roots of Christianity. To start loving people outside the church as well as those inside it. It’s time to start portraying Jesus to the world so when we speak it is no longer confused by our message.
GOD IS LOVE – let’s start loving the world.