I love rom-coms! If it hasn’t got a happy ending, then it’s not entertainment. There’s enough sadness in the world, a bit of escapism does no harm, but there’s no point in escaping to weepy endings! Of course to be the perfect chosen partner you have to be young, slim, beautiful, sexy, and have a great sense of humour. Oh, and you certainly don’t get someone else to chose your wife/husband for you!
Let’s see how Rebekah measured up (Genesis 24 v 15 onwards).
- v18 – responsive and quick thinking – she immediately met the servant’s need of water, and recognized that his camels had a need too.
- v20 – eager and hard-working and kind – she ‘quickly’ emptied her jar into the trough for the animals, then ‘ran’ for more. And camels drink a lot of water, so I’ve been told.
- v24 – suitable – had the right pedigree – a god-fearing family – v 50
- v25 – hospitable – offered a warm welcome, not just to the servant, but to his animals as well.
- v58 – decisive – she agreed to go straight away. Also probably an act of faith, believing it to be God’s path for her.
- v65 -modest – veiled herself before Isaac could see her.
Hmmm the list is not quite the same! But the outcome was the important bit – v67
“Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”
He loved her! They got married! Happy ever after! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of light entertainment in the form of a rom-com, so long as we don’t fall for the lie of what it really takes to make for a happy ending, or for happy people for that matter. It is not important what we look like on the outside, but how we are as people. “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16 v 7) It’s so easy to get caught up in the ethics of the film makers. Let’s make sure we take our standards from God, and not from Hollywood!