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Have you missed going to the cinema? I really miss the anticipation and the rituals of buying popcorn and sitting through the Pearl and Dean adverts.
Then the movie. If Tom Hanks is in it, I will be there. And I will admit the guilty pleasure of enjoying James Bond – though only Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, you can miss the rest.
Our Bible Study group is using The Greatest Showman as a thought provoker for delving deeper into what faith means.
You may ask why use a musical of the fictionalised life of Barnum of circus fame? We have done so because in a dramatised format, issues of human acceptance, self-worth, prejudice, social climbing and love are all portrayed as Barnum turns people rejected by society into stars. Does he empower or exploit people who do not fit into norms? The bearded lady, the wee Tom Thumb.
So many movies bump up against themes which are revealed in The Greatest Story Ever Told. Simply, Jesus is, and has the best stories. For Jesus reveals the truth of God and what it is to be human, individually and together.
Jesus didn’t set out a series of propositions or rules which would get you to God. He recounted stories, parables, which made you think, examine your soul. And his own story from Nazareth, through pure friendships with men, women and children, and in being truth before power, shows us the human face of God.
Films may dazzle and amaze, intrigue or inform. They may have their own agenda, for good or ill. Jesus’ story gets under your skin for it is our story of being human whilst also God’s story of bringing us home in love.
Reverend Dugald Cameron.