2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day Four
Song #37 – “He’s A Tramp” – from Lady And The Tramp
As if relating the Gospel to cats wasn’t tough enough, today we have “tramp,” a term that has evolved into a derogatory, sexist phrase to refer to women in a vulgar manner. However, according to Wikipedia (what better source do we need!?!?), a tramp is defined as “a long-term homeless person who travels from place to place as a vagrant, traditionally walking all year round,” and in some eras, “tramps,” were even considered “gentlemen of the road.” This seems to be the definition used in, “Lady and the Tramp,” where, despite an implied negative connotation, the lyrics describe a traveling “tramp” who’s also “a good one,” who everyone, “adores.” Come to think of it, by this definition, the Bible’s greatest example of a tramp is Jesus Christ himself!
Think about it; Jesus spent three years of his life traveling from town to town, by foot and by boat, along with his disciples, healing the sick and preaching good news to the poor. He was adored by many, even receiving a hero’s welcome in Jerusalem with symbolic palm branches and all! Yet, every where he went, he had skeptics and cynics to shake up and disprove. The circumstances of his controversial birth was clearly a well known subject amongst his hometown peers, who snidely remarked in Mark 6: 3, “‘Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t he Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ They were repulsed by him…” (CEB)
Lord, we praise you for being a God whose earthly footsteps showed us you relate even to those who society rejects. Help us be more loving as we seek to follow your example. Amen.