The Greatest Showman


This week the Living Maronite Team attended a screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’ staring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya among many others. Since then we have all had the playlist on repeat.

A few days ago in a post, we mentioned that one song stood out, and reminded us of the story of the prodigal son. In the movie P.T Barnum (played by the Australian Actor Hugh Jackman) loses everything and then realises he forgot why and for who he was working hard to achieve success. The song is very relatable to the story of the prodigal son who also loses everything and returns home to be welcomed back by his father. The parable of the prodigal son, explains how one brother left his father and brother, taking his wealth and being wreckless with it. After realising what he had done, he returns home and is welcomed with open arms by his father. In the same way, many lose their way and steer away from their faith, but Jesus is ready to welcome them back with open arms. Jesus will not judge us on your past, but will be happy to have you home.

“If all was lost, There’s more I gained, Cause it let me back to you”
(From Now On- The greatest showman soundtrack)

This movie reflects other Christian values as it brings together people of all shapes, sizes, cultures and people of all uniqueness. They are celebrated. We are called to embrace our own and others uniqueness. As Christians we should not judge anyone for the way they look, behave, or for their opinions or beliefs.

“I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious… I am who I’m meant to be, this is me”
(This Is me)

God has made us all in his image and likeness, we should not be ashamed of who we are.  Jesus wasn’t afraid to let the Hemorrhaging woman touch him. He spoke and healed many that were blind or affected by diseases such as leprosy. As Christians we are called to do the same, go out and find those marginalised by society,  struggling in life, suffering from mental illness or who have no one to visit them. As Christians we are called to help those in need, not to judge anyone in their situation, but simply offer a helping hand.

I encourage you to go out and watch ‘The Greatest Showman’, take the family and enjoy a  movie that celebrate humanity.

Yours in Christ

Christina Maksisi