No Sideshows Here 
Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 07:40 PM - Extra Christy
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I Run A Different Show

The Doorpost Film Project has a 20 minute film called, The Butterfly Circus It is the story of how Will, a sideshow "gimp" becomes a star attraction.

A man "who God himself has turned his back upon" leaves an abusive sideshow to join the fancy show: the Butterfly Circus, only to find there aren't any sideshow attractions at the Butterfly Circus. There everyone is a star, a source of inspiration and worthy of admiration on the center stage. The Butterfly Circus is not a place where one's imperfections are put on display.
I think we are living in a sideshow world. The media circus puts imperfections instead of inspiration on display. The imperfections of leaders, politicians, ministers, teachers, police, athletes, parents are sought and some are caught. No thought is given to their accomplishments and contributions. All that is good, kind, and faithful is forgotten when the barkers start selling tickets to their sideshow.

I would like the church to be a circus without a sideshow. A place where folks are inspired by those who triumphed over struggle, where all were magnificent despite imperfections.

A Magnificent Poem

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.-Psalm 139:13-16

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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