I admit I did the weekly shop during a wedding yesterday - and very quiet it was as a result. For this reason alone they could repeat the gig weekly, please. But then I heard I'd missed a bit of a sermon. So I took a look. And I liked this:
If you don't believe me, just stop and imagine. Think and imagine a world where love is the way.
Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Imagine neighbourhoods and communities where love is the way.
Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce where this love is the way.
Imagine this tired old world where love is the way. When love is the way - unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.
When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again.
When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.
When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.
When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more.
When love is the way, there's plenty good room - plenty good room - for all of God's children.
That's not radical. It's simply saying what Jesus seemed to be preaching. It's what Christianity should be. But isn't. As G K Chesterton said 'The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried'.
But I liked the fact that this was said at a royal wedding. And it reminded me of another great line sung by another great black man, Louis Armstrong, who sang:
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you
I often think that last sentiment's true. We need a dose of that.