Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Movie "The Bubble" in Real Life: Love Defies Borders

Eytan Fox's movie, "The Bubble," is a little bit like Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," is like the musical "Westside Story," is like, well, "The Bubble," in which there are two star-crossed lovers who are not able to live completely and wholly as a couple because of nationalities and divergent family loyalties. In "The Bubble," the couple in love is a Palestinian young man who lives in the West Bank, while his partner-lover lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. With the sustaining tension in that part of the world, the two live a life of unrequited love because of the politics of Israel and the people of the West Bank.

Art imitate life, and life imitates art: in an article in Ynet news, there is the story of a Palestinian and Israeli who love each other, and have for many years. The Palestinian man, who lives in Jenin, is now allowed to live in Tel Aviv with his partner of eight years (click here for more).

The title under the picture in this article says "Love defies borders." It is a fitting title. It is love that defies borders. Even the writer of Ephesians understood this: "Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us" (Eph. 2:14). The love of Christ, embedded in the hearth of believers, is able to break down the dividing wall between those who are gay and straight, rich and poor, able-bodied and disabled, of all ethnicities and heritages. The love and peace of Christ transcends the human-constructed barriers that divide.

The hope in this story is that love wins all.

Peace, Brett

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