Like most Christians, I was shocked when Disney announced that it was going to be featuring the first “exclusively gay moment” in the live action movie Beauty and the Beast. I was angry that Disney had ruined a classic family movie, and my initial thoughts were, “How could they do this!? This is terrible!”
Honestly though, this news shouldn’t shock us. Kristen Clark, from the Girl Defined blog, said something in a recent post that deals with this same issue. I thought she hit the nail on the head.
“Disney is not a Christian company. Disney does not use God’s Word as a moral compass. Disney does not uphold Christian values. Disney does not fear God.”
Disney is a worldly company that caters to the sinful desires and practices of Hollywood. It was only a matter of time before Disney did something like this, and frankly, I am surprised that they didn’t do it sooner.
“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:7-8)
We live in a fallen world and when things like this happen we shouldn’t be surprised or shocked. Yes, it’s disappointing, and of course it’s sad. But what do we expect out of an imperfect and fallen world? (Romans 1:18-32) Let this movie be a reminder that this world is lost, broken, confused, and is in desperate need of a Savior.
“So….,” You ask, “should I watch the movie?”
I am boycotting the movie, but for those of you who have not made your mind yet, I would suggest asking yourself some questions:
#1 Does this movie highlight sin and make it “okay”?
Every non-Christian movie is going to have some secular worldview or beliefs in it, but if those beliefs are telling you that, “Oh, it’s okay to be gay. It’s your body and you should be able to identify with who you believe you are,” or that immorality is good, and that sleeping with your boyfriend/girlfriend is okay, than I think you need to look very closely at that.
#2 Can I watch this movie with Jesus sitting right next to me?
If the answer is no, then please don’t watch it! Remember once something is in our brain it’s there forever.
#3 Will my movie choice bring glory to God, or will it dishonor Him?
I love how Kristen puts it:
“The choices we make can never be 100% neutral. We can either make a choice for the glory of God, or for the glory of something else. We live in a fallen world which is why God commands us to do “all” for the glory of God.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is includes the movies we choose to watch. If God can’t be glorified by our decision to watch a certain movie, we shouldn’t watch it.”
All in all, the decision is really between you and God (and of course your parents.) We are all accountable to God for the films we choose to fill our minds with.
I would love to hear your thoughts and input on this topic, so remember to comment down below! 🙂