We live in a culture in which everyone is waiting for the “Golden Age.” Our expectations for life, marriage, relationships and happiness are romanticized by the idea of a perfect ending. We think, “If I married…” or, “If I just had…I would be happy.” Woody Allen depicts this in his latest film Midnight in Paris. Beautifully done, this film takes you back to the roaring 20’s of Paris with Gil (played by Owen Wilson) as he meets people such as Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Picasso.
Gil is an American writer who once lived in Paris and regrets leaving. He’s a romantic who longs to walk the streets of Paris in the rain with his fiance, Inez (played by Rachel McAdams). However, his fiance, a realist, does not long for this sort of lifestyle, but instead wants to move to Malibu. While Gil and Inez are visiting Paris, Gil returns to the 1920s each night, what he views as the Golden Age, and begins to work out his discontent with his job, his life and his fiance. However, Gil is not in the actual 1920s, but his idealized world of what the 20s must have been. However, after talking to people in that era, he begins to realize that almost everyone longs to live in a different time that they have idealized to be perfect and better than the present. We see this idea that Allen portrays play out in our own lives as well.
Unfortunately, we live in a narcissistic time where people only think about what would make them happy. This narcissism of our culture needs the truth of the gospel to remind us that there will never be a “Golden Age” or perfect time. Sin’s prevalence in the world has effected everything. Friendships have gossiping and jealousy intertwined in them. Jobs have disappointments. Marriages have lies and affairs. Nothing is how it was created to be.
However, the Bible gives us hope. Unlike Midnight in Paris and all other movies, which do not show the entire ending, we know the ending that God has planned for us. Christ will provide the ultimate fairy tale ending when he renews and restores all of God’s creation. Oh, how my heart longs for the day where there will be no more pain and sorrow and Christ will make everything new and without sin. When I think of the beauty in this, my heart cannot help but echo that of the apostle John’s in saying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”