By Caleb Bobrycki
Image Credit: Sony Pictures
When a restless and heartbroken computer genius, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), seeks revenge, he teams up with his business minded best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Garfield), to create a fashionable website, designed exclusively for students at Harvard University. Soon after their friendship explodes into a mass of betrayal, deceit, and greed; thus birthing the smash hit Facebook.com. David Fincher has once again crafted a dark story, but this time mostly with dialogue, gestures, and facial expressions, with the aid of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Moneyball). Truly, Sorkin’s fast-paced wit paired with Fincher’s dark, cinematic framing and style is a match made in heaven; one wonders if the world will ever be blessed by this marriage again. The Social Network, hailed as one of the best films of 2010, proves the director has a special pallet for each project, setting him apart as one of the best directors working today. His latest, Gone Girl (2014), is further evidence that audiences should stay tuned for future adaptations.
How Friendships Fizzle
As a film, the fictitious side of this tale are better with every viewing, yet one may wonder at the silliness of it all. Zuckerberg seeks to mock the haughty, but in so acting is he not haughty? The events that the film are based upon remind me a bit of our main characters in the book of Job from the Old Testament. You have Job’s friends, the accusers, and Job, the accused; they assert Job is evil, forcing him to defend himself. Though, as the story continues, Job's arguments become just as proud as his friends (which may explain God’s rebuke at the end of the book).
How do Christians approach the disagreements that seemingly vary in the millions? Some disagreements seem to have no starting point, "We started with A, and are here at B, but it all seems like semantics." Christians can, and sometimes do, spend years trying to investigate every single disagreement until they get to the absolute bottom of it. In turn, these dissensions end in church splits and lawsuits over social media websites.
How Slanders Settle
Concerning our disagreements and wrestling over words, is there a fixed point upon which we can stand in order to move past our quarrels? Is there some guide or measuring rod to guide us to resolution? The truth is, there is no commonality on our limited planet that will bridge the gap between human battles: What we finite beings need is an unlimited, eternal force that will shatter the barriers between those divided. If Zuckerberg and Saverin want to be friends again, they need not to decide who is right or wrong, necessarily. In the end, Job and his friends were both wrong when God comes on the scene and has the final word. Zuckerberg should have been open with his partner about the business from the get-go, and Saverin is wrong to look down on him for it. The answer to these arguments is to gaze at the Savior. We humans are sometimes terrible friends because we are unacquainted with the best Friend there is. Seems like I say this in every article: chin up and look to Jesus Christ, who demonstrates exemplary friendship.