Marietta First United Methodist Church

Which “Bridge” Gets Top Billing?

By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults

I was in the car on the road for much of the day so I was able to catch a lengthy interview with Jeff Bridges discussing his long and distinguished acting career with host Dave Davies on the radio show, Fresh Air. Jeff Bridges is the brother of Beau Bridges and the son of Lloyd Bridges, star of the TV series Sea Hunt, and Jeff appears with his father in the recently released film, Hell or High Water. In the interview, Jeff Bridges shared that initially he resisted his father’s encouragement to take acting seriously. Evidently the young Bridges had his own ideas, with many other interests including music and painting. Jeff Bridges now has over 70 films to his credit, including The Last Picture Show (1971), The Iceman Cometh (1973), The Fabulous Baker Boys (made with his brother, Beau Bridges, in 1989), The Big Lebowski (1998), and True Grit (2010). He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for best actor for his role as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009). No doubt that his fans are happy that Jeff Bridges followed his father’s advice concerning his life’s work.

Why is it that young folks seem to ignore, or resist, wise counsel from parents? Perhaps it is because of the desire for independence. This tendency seems to be
ingrained in human nature, so much so that even children as young as two or three are extremely stubborn about wanting to do things their own way. Aren’t we glad that Jesus did not yield to this human characteristic?  We read in Colossians 1:15-20 that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation, and that in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. Yet, as it says in Philippians 2:5-9, Jesus, even though he was found in human form, did not pursue his own path, but humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. As a result, God exalted him, giving him the name that is above all names. Through his death on the cross, Jesus bridges a gap between human beings and God. Considering all the “Bridges”, Jesus gets the top billing in my opinion.