Bishop Michael Curry: Love Could Bring Heaven to Earth

ChurchLeaders | 5/21/2018 | Staff
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited American Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry to deliver the sermon at their wedding on Saturday, May 19, 2018. With as many as 2 billion people watching worldwide, Bishop Curry delivered a powerful sermon on the impact love could have on the world if and when people choose to embrace it.

“Imagine our world when love is the way. No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. Poverty would become history in such a world as that. The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that.” Curry said.

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Curry went on to describe a world in which people would “treat one another as children of God, regardless of differences.” We would “study war no more,” there would be “a new heaven, a new earth, a new world.” In short, with Curry’s references such as these to Scripture, he is essentially saying once the world learns to love, we will experience heaven. While he didn’t make this connection directly, the implication is that when people learn to love, every tear would be wiped away, there would be no more war, no more striving—only peace. These are images straight from Revelation and Isaiah where the writers are describing some future time we think of as heaven.

Of course, this is not a concept new to Curry’s sermon. Quoting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Curry repeated this idea in King’s words: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”

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Curry also referred to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit who, Curry says pointedly, was a scientist, a Catholic priest, and theologian, and “a true...
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