After all these years, I finally sat down and watched the classic movie “Pride and Prejudice”.
I imagine that some of you just did a jaw-drop-to-the-floor, and are thinking, “Are you kidding me??!! Why did it take you so long?” While others of the younger generation are thinking, like, “What’s that?”
I don’t usually just watch a movie because someone said it was good enough to be a classic. I didn’t like the ideas of this title, and so, I just figured it would be stuffy and maybe even annoying.
So, yes, now that I’ve watched it, I’ve got to say that I really liked it! As a movie and as a story.
The ideas of pride and prejudice are still just as distasteful to me as ever, but I feel that the author and screenplay director did a good job of portraying their repulsiveness and unpleasantness, in the end.
It was really sad to see the class system back in the day, especially the upper class attitudes that idolized the retention of wealth and the haughty airs that some took on, perhaps in the true belief that they were superior to the underprivileged around them.
Those arrogant airs and actions did nothing to reform society. It was all about self and the class that self belonged to and keeping things the same, so that self, and the posterity of self, could be gratified, not just provided for.
Where is the age-old idea of loving your neighbor as yourself in all of that?
In spite of these glaring issues, I happily observed a few glimpses in the beginning of the movie, and many more in the last half, of the power of love to overcome these class barriers and to bring true happiness to those on both sides of the divide.
This reminds me of the story of a king’s son who had great affection for a peasant, a shepherd boy who had entered into the employ of his father, the king. Some of you may know that I’m talking about Prince Jonathan, son of King Saul, and David, who became King David.
Jonathan not only showed kindness to David, but he entered into a binding covenant with him, a covenant that conferred greatness onto David, even at the risk of his own position. (You can read the story in 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42, 23:16-18)
Jonathan’s story was a beautiful foreshadowing of the son of another king who would have such affection for His Father’s subjects that He would leave His place in His beautiful kingdom to sacrificially enter into covenant with any of those subjects who would believe and receive His gift of true love! I’m talking about Jesus, the Son of the Eternal Sovereign King of all.
Talk about crossing cultural boundaries!!
He left the riches of Heaven to be born in a lowly stable, raised by a small-town couple with the meager income of a carpenter. Then, in dying the death of a common criminal, His Father transferred the sin of His subjects to His Beloved Son who willingly paid the price for all our sins so He could offer us forgiveness. He alone was able to do so. His sacrifice far surpassed that of Jonathan toward David and of the two rich male characters in the movie, “Pride and Prejudice“, toward the women they finally chose to marry.
I was glad to see that the movie had a happy ending, and I am even more glad that through the love of Jesus for me, I am accepted and loved by Him, no matter what others may think of me! He conferred on me favor, honor, and greatness beyond what I deserve, and my heart is thankful and much obliged to His Royal Highness for His mercy and grace!
Did you know that He wants to do the same for you? Have you come to Him yet with your need?
Also, if Jonathan could do this for David, and Jesus could do this for us, shouldn’t we try harder to treat others with honor and grace, as well?
Thinking back to the lasting impressions of the images from the film, love beautifies, and haughtiness does the opposite. I think most of us would agree that we prefer the former. What do you think?