Equal — revisited

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.

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One Response to Equal — revisited

  1. Jane Grinnell says:

    I agree that in God’s eye we are all equal to him. He loves us all the same just as I love my children and grandchildren the same. God makes no distinction as to social status, race, gender or age.

    However, because we live in a capitalistic country we cannot all be on the same social status. If we were, we would then live in a socialistic country. I fear that’s where we are headed. Unfortunately the liberals in our country would love this to happen.

    As far as race, gender and age are concerned, we have no control over that. We need to be happy in our own skin.

    If you are talking about fairness, then that’s a different situation and it applies to all of us. Whether you are black, white, or yellow. We have all experienced unfairness, but that’s life and it makes us stronger as an individual.

    Nothing should be handed to us on a silver platter just to make us all equal. If one can dream it, they can become it.

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