The circus

 

 

Every now and then in our town we see some wall posters advertising a circus, or a car with megaphones announcing the hour of the circus’ show or a car with megaphones followed by some tropical animals (camels, elephants, etc.). What do they promise to the people? They assure them that they will spend an unforgettable and different afternoon or evening because they will watch a show full of amusements and extraordinary performances.

We have to recognize that the circus always attracts many people, especially children, because people can see under the circus’ tent certain animals, which live in very distant countries, such as dromedaries, camels, giraffes, hippos, monkeys, tigers, lions, and many others; people can see also clowns and their clowneries; they can see the trapeze artists performing their dangerous acrobatics; they can see magicians performing their ‘conjuring tricks’ (which are nothing but works of the devil which are passed off as ‘tricks’), and many other things.

We who are children of God must abstain from going to the circus, lest we spend our money for what does not satisfy; lest we see things such as clowneries, men and women who are half naked who perform their acrobatics through trapezes, someone who throws knives at a wheel to which a woman has been fastened to show how good he is at throwing knives; men and women who put big snakes upon their own bodies and kiss and caress those snakes, people who put some petrol in their mouth and they spit it out and set it on fire by some fire they hold in their hands; men and women who practice their occult arts; some animals who have been trained to do certain things in order to astonish those who see them; that is to say, lest we go to admire vanity.

I would like to point out to you that at the root of the success of the circus show, as well as of many other worldly amusements, there is the lust of the eyes, that is, that insatiable desire to see new, perverse and vain things which is in man. That’s why we abstain from going to the circus, because the lust of the eyes is not of God but is of the world (1 John 2:16).

We can say that the circus tent is a tent under which sinners gather together to amuse themselves, and one of the paths in which sinners walk; therefore, it is not a place fitting for the saints: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners ….” (Psalm 1:1 - NKJV), says the Psalmist.

 

 

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