"Being a Christian and seeing the new Beauty and the Beast Movie is like being a closeted Trump supporter. People are afraid to admit they want to or even did go to see the movie, because apparently, you can't be a "Christian" and see this film. Well, I AM a Christian and I saw the film. I neither turned out to be "gay" or in love with an animal after seeing this film. And here is another secret:
I am going to see it again this weekend - AND take my kids!
The "gay" moments:
Sure. There is innuendo via longing looks from Lefou , a man smiles when getting dressed by the wardrobe during a fight and two men dance together for like 1 second. For the web articles I read about people cheering...I don't know. I mean - people cheered during Frozen and I thought that was just as idiotic. The only time I almost clapped during a movie was during Pitch Perfect 2 when the girls won the world championship...
Speaking of Pitch Perfect
The same women I have heard complain about Beauty and the Beast can not only quote Pitch Perfect but also let their kids watch it....
But I digress...
As a Christian I live in a world full of sin. I do not need to hide from it or fear it. I just need to not participate in it.
But isn't that what you are doing by seeing the movie?
NO! By seeing the movie I am allowing myself 2 hours of escape from reality and enjoying a tale about beauty being more than skin deep. I am able to use this time to reinforce to my kids that there are people hurting in the world and it can make them ugly. When we show kindness we might be able to soften the ugly hard heart of another and help them find love.
I found this portrayal to show how ones past can define them but love, especially love through the eyes of a friend, can change how they view themselves. "I am NOT a BEAST!"
I also found that being someones friend in hopes to earn their favor, their affection, is a waste of time. Being a friend is about putting the other person first.
Love is being willing to let go of your own desires. Wanting the best for the other person.
It is true that the Bible says "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." - so I choose to find the Beauty in the story.
If I look hard enough I will find something evil in everything around me. Or I can choose to show love and compassion to others that do not live exactly the way a "Christian" thinks they should and stand firm in my faith. I can be the light I am called to be and bring beauty and life into a dark and hurting world. Maybe, by being a Christ-like example, I can lead someone to find love. To find God. Because GOD IS LOVE.
There are so many other things that I have done in my life that would make me seem "less than" a Christian - but I believe God's mercy has set me free from those sins. If I really believed God was instructing me NOT to see this film, I wouldn't see it. Disobedience is a sin. Seeing Beauty and the Beast is not. Seeing Beauty and the Beast is no more "desensitizing" as having to sit through biology class and learning the Theory of Evolution.