Well, I finally did it. It may not be such a big deal to some of you, but it is to me. In 2017, the movie, “The Greatest Showman” was released. I heard all of the “great” reviews from people who loved the movie...but despite that, I really didn’t care to see the movie.
It is about the life of P.T. Barnum (yes, of circus fame). From what I knew of P.T. Barnum, he was “The Greatest CON-man,” but not “The Greatest Showman.” I had heard that he once said, “There is a sucker born every minute,” and I didn’t want to know more about a man like him. (As it turns out, apparently a banker who was doing business with P.T. Barnum actually voiced the phrase, not P.T. Barnum.)
I’m sort of glad we purchased the DVD and that I watched this movie. If the movie is an accurate portrayal of P.T. Barnum, and there is ample evidence to believe it was fairly accurate (with some liberties taken, of course), then P.T Barnum is a man about whom I WOULD like to know more.
Without giving away too much of the movie, after he has lost everything, naturally he is feeling depressed. Then his troupe of “oddities” (circus performers) shows up and tell him that all their lives people had been ashamed of them...even their own parents...because they were “different.” But that he had brought them all together and they had become a family...and they were going to stick together no matter what.
And that is just what Jesus has done for us! We are all imperfect people with, at best, a checkered past. We’ve all made mistakes; we’ve all faced people who “shamed” us for whatever it was that made us different.
But Jesus called us all together to form, not a circus troupe, but a church. We are still not perfect. There are still some who see us as “oddities” and would just as well spit on us (literally or figuratively) as look at us.
Yet now we have a home. Now we have a family. Now we have all that we need. So now we can be proud of who we are and what we have become. ..and of the pilgrimage we are making through this world.
Now, we need to go out and find others who share that same need. Maybe they are “odd” maybe they are “normal.” But they all have a need to belong to the family of God!