I’ll head you off at the pass. I guarantee that to many of you I have either already lost or will soon lose my MANCARD. I confess: I like Titanic. You know…the movie with DeCaprio and Winslet and Zane and Bates and a host of other actors/actresses. Not only that, I have the Director’s Cut, and am just geeeeeeky enough to have watched the extras. 🙂 I also just completed this puzzle. In fact, it was while working the puzzle that I had a chance to watch the movie again. To top it off Sunday, April 15th is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship “that not even God could sink.” (Hmmm I am wondering if that man was eating his words a few days after he said that).
HOWEVER. I. DO. HAVE. A. POINT. SO. I. WILL. GET. TO. IT.
I’m going to forgo retelling the story of the sinking liner since I believe most people know about it. If you want to know more about the Titanic you can check out this site and this site. For a really interesting one check here. I am interested in some of the lessons we can learn:
LESSON #1: We can learn that in a crisis there is both Bravery and Cowardice.
The accounts of both cowardice and bravery in the movie are actually factual. The story of women and children first is true. Benjamin Guggenheim, who reports say was there with his mistress, is reported to have said, “We’ve dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”
Isidor Straus and his wife, Rosalie, (pictured in the movie as the old couple huddling together in bed) were a historical couple. He tried to get her on one of the lifeboats but she refused saying, “We have been together for many years…where you go, I go.”
The band playing “Nearer My God to Thee” is a real historical fact. The band leader was Wallace Hartley. He perished, but on May 4, 1812 his body was recovered.
There were also cowards. Many men donned women’s clothing in order to get in a lifeboat and save their own skins. In the film, Cal’s (Billy Zane) lack of integrity comes out in spades.
LESSON #2: God cannot be trifled with.
I am not for one moment insinuating God caused Titanic to sink. But one verse of Scripture keeps coming back to me: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” [Gal.6:7] God has no equal. The ship that “not even God could sink” did exactly that.
LESSON #3: All the stuff in the world amounts to nothing in the end.
I’ve never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch. All the wealth in the world (and there was plenty of it) could not buy anyone off the ship. When Titanic sunk so did the money, status, influence, and “stuff.”
Titanic was a monument to man’s ingenuity, a failure at best. We still haven’t learned as we continue trying to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. Man’s best efforts are worthless. Only Jesus can pick us up. Only Jesus can heal. Only Jesus can give meaning.
So…have you seen Titanic? What other lessons can we learn? One more: have I lost my MANCARD? 🙂