Max and I watched a movie the other night called The Queen. We were very impressed with it (although my sisters may once again laugh at my movie suggestion since they aren’t too much into docudramas!!). We appreciated the way the plot showed differing perspectives and opinions of multiple people regarding the same situation – the death of Princess Diana.
I was most intrigued with four of the story’s characters: Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife (Cherie Booth Blair), Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband (Prince Philip). Cherie, throughout the entire episode, held close to her modernistic views and opinions, having no need for keeping with traditionalism and its historic value. Prince Philip, on the other hand, kept to his traditionalist opinions and wanted nothing to do with the thought of change.
It was very interesting, however, to watch the development of the relationship between Tony Blair and the Queen. Each one came from “the camp” of his/her spouse, yet they gradually became more open and respectful of the other. They each, in their own way, began to see through the eyes of the other. Each one realized that the other wasn’t trying to tear down his/her opinions – only trying to understand him/her so that a forum of dialogue and trust could be built. They began to listen to each other and appreciate each other’s perspectives. No, they did not always agree, but they were at least open to listening to the other side.
We certainly have all four of these personalities represented within our society and culture, as well as within our churches. I pray that we, those that are part of the younger generations, can follow in the steps of Tony Blair, and that the older generations can look to the example of Queen Elizabeth II, as portrayed in this movie.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (I Timothy 4:12, NIV)
Young [wo]men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5, NIV)
P.S. Thank you, Olive, for being a godly example, mentor, and “adopted mom” for me, as well as for countless other women. I have always appreciated your willingness to be open to new ideas and possible change, as well as help to have those solid, Biblical values remain amidst any change that occurs.
Your turn to share: Which movie have you seen lately that you would highly recommend?