This week I was overjoyed to hear that Helen Fielding is in the process of writing another Bridget Jones’ novel.
As some of you remember in these books or from the movies, Bridget is a single thirtysomething woman. She is always hoping to improve upon her life. She is always feeling and acting a bit awkward. Unlike many women on our televisions and in our movies, Bridget isn’t the model-thin, she says the wrong things in many situations, and she isn’t polished.
When I see a Bridget Jones movie or read one of the Bridget Jones’ novels, I feel less alone.
I always wonder why there aren’t more books and movies that feature the everyday female. Sure, maybe the our culture wants us all to look a certain way, but that’s not reality. So, we need books, movies, and films to help us feel that we aren’t alone in being our truest self.
In this respect, the Bible is like Bridget Jones novels, Carrie Bradshaw tales, and episodes of Hannah Horvath‘s life. We see the true humanity in the characters and can understand their journeys. Each of them are spectacularly flawed yet they continuously reflect and try to improve upon their lives.
That’s one of the greatest things about the Bible: we are able to relate to its stories and feel less alone. We are able to see that being flawed is nothing new, and grace is needed for us to keep moving forward.
How many of us have felt the world crashing down around us, like Job, or the frustrations with not being able to conceive, like Sarah? How many of us have had our voices silenced when we were standing up for our own dignity, like Vashti? How many of us have felt frustrated waiting for the love of our life, like Rachel? How many of us have lived with guilt, like David?
This is why the Bible still works in our society today: our world has been, is, and will be full of imperfect characters. Who will be our culture’s next story of beautiful imperfection?