Green Book: Finding friendship when you weren't looking for it
How do you deal with people who are different to you? Do you keep your distance? Judge from afar?
In the Oscar-winning movie Green Book, set in the 1960s, white bouncer Tony Lip struggles with the idea of working for the black pianist, Don Shirley.
But even so, they’re thrown together on a tour of Southern America – where racism is at its worst.
An Unlikely Friendship
‘You have a very narrow assessment of me,’ Don says to Tony from the back seat of the car. The New Yorker has just made a throwaway generalisation that all black people love fried chicken.
But Don has his own stereotypes – he thinks that people who don’t enjoy learning aren’t worth his time.
The two of them soon get over these initial judgements. With the help of Kentucky fried chicken and a hatred of injustice, a beautiful friendship develops.
You Too? Moments
Common ground over things like fast food were enough to draw these two different people together.
Author C.S.Lewis says that this kind of ‘friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another person: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’’
But Christians have a better ‘you too?’ moment than chicken, or even a shared hatred of injustice: Christians unite around Christ.
Unity in Christ
We’re free from making judgements about others based on how they look, or how they act or what they say. Regardless of class, race, gender, or background, one Christian can say to another: ‘You love Jesus? Me too!’
‘In Christ Jesus there is no Jew, male or female, slave or free.’ Galatians 3:28
Our love for Jesus is enough to unite people from all walks of life.
So do you hold judgements against people in your church from a different background? Or do you form relationships around your shared love of Christ (Ephesians 4:3)?