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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

I was watching "Gone with the Wind" this weekend (yes, I've seen it a few times) but I was stunned at what hit me about it this time. It's the ending where Scarlett says to Ashley, "Oh you really loved her. Why didn't you tell me you loved her?" Or something to that effect.

I think as Christians we can be like that a little. Shoved upside the head by reality because we've chosen to believe someone is better than they are. I think that's a good thing, seeing the best in someone, except when reality keeps kicking us and we don't understand why.

Sometimes, people want to be seen as "good" and in doing so, they're not living authentically. A little secular advice would have been good for Scarlett (and myself at times) -- "When people tell you who they are, believe them the first time." Maya Angelou.

As a church, I think this would be some healthy advice. Too often we want to "forgive" and let yeast back into our fold without reality take effect. No one is above sin, but come on, can we at least make sure there's some repentance? Ashley didn't seem to mind Scarlett's attention. Mr. Nice Guy wasn't so nice, was he?

Rhett saw it like it was, and at least he lived authentically. Not nicely. But authentically. Whereas Scarlett chose to stay in her pretty, created world.

Scarlett: Ashley, you should have told me years ago that you loved her and not me, and not left me dangling with your talk of honor. But you had to wait till now, now when Melly's dying. To show me that I could never be any more to you than, than this Watling woman is to Rhett ... And I've loved something that doesn't really exist. Somehow, I don't care. Somehow, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter one bit.

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At 6:00 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

Good word! Especially about the repentance part. I'm not above sin, been there, done that, and hurt a lot of people in the process. But I learned first hand about true repentance and God's grace. It's hard when we see people 'say' all the right things.... yet their behavior is anything but. I have to be careful, because I can quickly say or do something that I regret later, and more often than not I'm finally learning to trust the Lord for wisdom in these times, either to say something, or to let it In and let Him work it out in His perfect time.

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Good post, Kris. Authenticity is difficult to accomplish when we're trying to be nice and polite and perfect.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think if you're aware of yourself as a sinner and not a nice person, you're a little further along in awareness, but not always. LOL


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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