As most of you who know my husband and I, we come from very different backgrounds. If you don't know us you can read a little bit of our story in my previous blog. The following is my husbands point of view on the whole boycotting Beauty and the Beast drama. I will be sharing my point of view in the following blog.
So I watched Frozen yesterday and I lost my salvation. Just kidding. Jesus still loves me and my kids are doing just fine.
Apparently there is an uprising in the Christian community because there is a gay character in the new "Beauty And The Beast" movie. News flash! Every Disney movie ever made has had some sort of character or concept that is in discord with biblical truth. I hate to break it to you but Lefou (Gaston's vertically challenged, gap-toothed minion), was just as gay in the animated version, but it was a different time when the issue wasn't as prevalent and I guess it's ok if he's a cartoon. Don't believe me? Go watch it again. The issue is that Christians are afraid that Disney is teaching immorality to our children through their films. I think the bigger issue is the fact that Christians are simply afraid.
There is no "teaching" going on in this movie. Christians putting their spiritual microscopes on an insignificant scene causes more harm than good because it gives the issue more power than it actually has. Most kids wouldn't even notice unless we point it out. Did we boycott any other Disney movies for racism or objectifying women... Did you even notice the bigger story theme of domestic violence, false imprisonment, and Stockholm syndrome? God forbid there is a gay character to completely tear down the fabric of our biblical beliefs. We think we are making a stand for something holy, when the bigger outcome is that we show how out of touch we are in how we interact with and affect our world.
It is entirely possible to portray an element of the human condition without teaching on it. It's called art. It doesn't say it's right or wrong, it says that it "is". This is the exact reason the Christian movies are so cheesy and awkward... it's because they force an idealistic and manufactured story line that only makes sense to Christians themselves and doesn't fit into the real world. The Bible displays countless acts of immorality yet our kids are encouraged to read it. It is the parent's responsibility to teach through these moments and not give the authority to an entertainment company.
Disney is NOT a Christian company and never has been. Christians need to stop holding them to their godly belief system and being offended when they don't adhere to it. Instead how about just enjoying this beautiful movie for what it is, realize the characters are a reflection of our current culture and society, not an attack on your moral fibers. I'm so sick of Christians boycotting Target while drinking their Starbucks. We don't have the luxury of an "a la carte" self-righteousness.
As someone who didn't grow up in the church I can tell you that the over-spiritualization and demonization of innocuous worldly realities is what keeps a lot of unsaved people at arms length from the Christian community. We won't win many souls for Jesus by camping out in our church bubble. It's the equivalent of a whiny kid taking their ball and going home. Nobody likes you. Watching this movie doesn't mean you agree with everything in it. It means that you are willing to be a part of this world and change it with love from within, instead of criticizing it from your ivory tower.