After worship yesterday I was reminded of another illustration of equal that I thought I would share. Probably most of you have seen James Cameron’s Titanic that was released about 13 years ago. If you haven’t seen the movie – Spoiler Alert. [And even if you have seen it you may want to know that on the heels of the success of Cameron’s Avatar this year, a 3D version of the film is expected to be released in April 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the real Titanic.] The film is as much about the tension between social classes as it is about the tragic sinking of a ship. Cameron’s telling of the story revolves around a love affair between Rose, a first-class passenger who, after her family’s financial trouble, is growing uneasy with her wealth and status, and Jack, a drifter who wins a steerage ticket for the lower decks of the ship in a card game.
At the end of the film, Rose, who survived the sinking of the ship under an assumed name, has a dying vision of being reunited with Jack at the grand staircase aboard the Titanic. They are surrounded by the other passengers who died, both first-class and steerage, standing shoulder to shoulder as the two of them dance. For me this has always been a vision of God’s reign—reunited with loved ones and surrounded by a community with no barriers of social status, race, gender, or age. To me this is what it means to be equal in Christ Jesus.