Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Shouldn't Beauty and the Beast Have a Gay Scene?


It's trending. It's everywhere.

The topic of Beauty and the Beast's gay scene is an issue that most Christians are talking about. And, quite honestly, I've been a bit confused.

Just why shouldn't Beauty and the Best have a gay scene? 


I have nothing to lose by throwing my two cents (okay, dollars) in. Those of you who know and love me know my heart. So you'll know that I do love people I disagree with. You'll know that I love people and don't hate anyone. You'll know that I want to help the hurting, reach the lost, and speak the truth in love. You'll know that I don't believe in legalism or pharisaism. 

Before I launch my thoughts, let me define two very important words.

  • Legalism is the act of trying to earn God's favor by works of righteousness.
  • Pharisaism (or phariseeism) is the hypocritical observance of the letter of the law without regard for the spirit. It's the act of building protective walls, so to speak, around God's law and adding to God's commands by making that protective wall into a law in of itself. Building a protective wall around God's law is fine. It's okay to set boundaries so that we don't break a law. But it becomes phariseeism when we act as if that boundary is a law in of itself. It becomes phariseeism when we insist that everybody else follow our boundary and look upon people who don't see the need for our boundaries as being "in sin." 

In the Bible, there are certain commands that are not up for debate. And then there are Biblical principles wherein God gives us liberty to follow individual Holy Spirit leading and make our own decisions. 

Here are a couple commands that are not up for debate. Period.


  • Witchcraft, sorcerery, and wizardry are abominations. 
"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee." - Deuteronomy 18:10-12


"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." - Galatians 5:19-21



God is against wizardry, enchantment, and all powers that stem from the devil and exalt themselves against His Holy name. 



There is not an allowance made for "Disney Magic."

With that in mind, let's talk about the enchantress of Beauty and the Beast. 

At this point, I know everybody is going: "Hey! It's BAD magic. We tell our kids it's BAD. The enchantress is supposed to be evil!"

Interestingly enough, whether or not she is a good or a bad witch (although there is no such thing and it really shouldn't matter) is actually up for debate. The following (in quotes) is copied from Disney Wiki. This is what they have to say about their own character.

"The Enchantress is the one who placed the spell on the Prince and everyone inside the castle for the Prince's cruel ways. She is cunning, taking on the disguise of an old, helpless woman seeking shelter to test the Prince's heart. How kind or good she actually is, however, is up for debate, particularly because of the debate over the Beast's age when he was cursed, and how she cursed everyone in the castle rather than just the guilty party (including Chip Potts, who was undebatably a child at the time), as well as being implied to have cursed the entire forest surrounding the castle to become too dangerous for anyone to attempt to go nearby. 

It seems to be the mission of the Enchantress is to punish the selfish and guilty.



The Enchantress possesses tremendous magical powers: 



Shapeshifting/Glamouring: The Enchantress has the power to either change her physical form or shape into another, or to change her appearance to look like another person, as seen by how she concealed her true form with the disguise of an old woman. 


Empathy: The Enchantress has the power to feel and understand other people's feelings, emotions, and desires. Through this, she was able to sense that the Prince had a cold heart devoid of love and true beauty. 

Teleportation (possibly): As seen in The Enchanted Christmas, the Enchantress might have the power to transport herself from one place to another instantaneously - she appeared before the Prince in all her magical glory after he closed the door on her. However, it was never specifically confirmed as to whether she really possessed this ability. 

Spell Casting/Cursing: The Enchantress has the ability to cast magical spells or powerful curses designed to cause negative effects to occur - she transformed the Prince into a beast to match his cold, unloving heart, his servants into objects, his entire castle into a bleak fortress, and presumably even the entire forest surrounding the castle into a foreboding place, etc. 

Enchanting: The Enchantress has the ability to bestow magical powers or attributes onto an object - the rose she offered was enchanted to bloom and serve as a reminder to the Beast of how much time he had to break the spell as well as what got him into his predicament to begin with. Presumably, she also created the Enchanted Mirror that served as the Beast's only window to the outside world."

The enchantress is not portrayed as necessarily bad. 

She is not necessarily shown as evil. In a way she is, yet, in another, she really isn't. She disguised herself as a evil old woman, but her intent was to test the prince. She wants to teach him a lesson and uses her powers to punish him.

What if she IS bad? 

Then it should really concern folks that a bad character has the power to feel and understand other people's feelings, emotions, and desires. Through this, she was able to sense that the Prince had a cold heart devoid of love and true beauty. Only God can read the human heart. Only God knows all things. Characters--good or evil--should NEVER be given the attributes of God. 



But suppose one has decided that the enchantress is evil and will see her magic that way.

Enchantment--good and bad--is still through the entire movie. 

Some of the enchantment is portrayed as bad. Other enchantment is portrayed as good. Belle uses an enchanted mirror and ring. Her possessions given to her by the beast are magical, turning to rags when her sisters touch them and becoming beautiful again when used by her.

Honestly, we can make excuses all day. We can call it an allegory, we can call it good magic, we can say it's just a story and doesn't really matter, etc. But, the bottom line is, it's magic, it's enchantment, and it's not from God. Let's at least be honest about it. I've heard all the arguments about "Disney Magic" and, really, it's all the same as regular magic. There's no difference. This is not a Christian allegory meant to show the forces of good against the forces of evil. It's magic.

When God said that witchcraft, sorcery, and enchantment was wrong, He didn't make allowances for magic that revolves around romance, does good for people, is fun and lighthearted, or isn't dark. He simply said that it is wrong.

When we start watering down the truth of God's Word to say that a sin is not a sin if it doesn't hurt anybody or is all in the name of fun/love, we have just flaunted our opinion in the face of a holy God and become people that do what is right in our own eyes.  

Why not explore other avenues of sin? As long as premarital sex doesn't hurt anybody, I can do it. It's all in the name of love, fun, and happiness, right? 

Which is exactly why there should be a gay scene. And Christians should not be upset about it.


If Christians have already accepted the idea that sin is not sin as long as it's done in the name of love, fun, and lightheartness, we should have no problem with a gay scene.

None.

If magic and enchantment (forbidden by God) is okay (provided it's just love, fun, and entertainment), there should not be one reason why sexual sin shouldn't be seen the same way. 

We can't pick and choose which sins we get to condemn and which ones we get to gloss over. That's blatant hypocrisy. 

So we're going to boycott Disney's Beauty and the Beast because of a gay scene? The magic and enchantment was okay, but the sexual sin never?! That's not logical. And it's certainly not Biblical. 

If we make excuses for enchantment, we have to make the same ones for sexual sin. 

If there is a single argument you've heard for accepting magic, try applying it to homosexuality or any sexual sin, for that matter. 


Throw out the bad, leave the good? 

That will be the approach many take to this movie, and I understand it.

But how much good is really left?

The love?

Some will say that the elements of love make the movie good. But please allow me to ask if it is really love. Is it, really, truly, Biblically LOVE?

Is what happens between Beauty and the Beast really love?

I won't answer that one definitely. This one is definitely up for debate, and I fully acknowledge that. 

But I will say that I have my own reasons for refusing to teach a girl that if she just loves the Beast long enough, he'll turn into a prince. I have my own reasons for refusing to tell a girl that a guy who demands she live in his castle really does loves her (as long as he gives her nice things, of course.) I have my own reasons for believing that true love never forces its own way. I refuse to tell a woman that she can change a beast for the better simply by loving him. 

You can't "love" someone into becoming a completely changed person. You can't nurture a tender heart buried somewhere deep within a beast.

The love of a woman for a beast can't completely change him.

In fact, the love of anyone for anyone can't change them. Only the pure, selfless love of Christ's sacrifice and the acceptance of that sacrifice can change someone from the inside out and make them 100% new. No earthly love can do that.


What message are we sending? What message are we absorbing?

There's no such thing as just a movie, as just entertainment. Everything we take in does have the power to shape our thinking, our reasoning, our world view. 

Disney has done a pretty good job of convincing Christians to water down the no-enchantment, no-magic, no-witchcraft message of Scripture. They've done a great job of convincing us to just word the big bad MAGIC word a little differently, paint it in a different light, and make excuses for it.

Why not begin to have us do the same with sexual sin?

It just takes a little bit of leaven before we start to empathize with people who just "love" each other and aren't "hurting" anyone. Maybe that's the whole point. After all, if we've accepted magic, why shouldn't why we accept sexual sin?

And, since enchantment and sexual sins are both wrong, there's absolutely no reason why Beauty and the Beast should not have both. We as Christians can't raise Cain about one and not the other.

Thoughts? If anyone has a reason why Beauty and the Beast shouldn't have a gay scene, please convince me! 
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19 comments:

  1. This post was fantastic! Thank you for speaking the truth! I've found more and more Christians that see one thing as a problem in a movie (or even books), but don't address another problem. It's very concerning because we're accepting things in movies that we would never accept in our every day lives. But as much as people want to ignore it, it DOES effect how we live and what we stand for! I've seen it and it's heartbreaking.

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    1. I'm glad it was a blessing to you. I imagine you read my blog often and know my heart. :) It's definitely convicting to me to be careful of what I watch. I don't want to send a message that I can gloss over some sins because I like them and don't with others that God says are just as bad.

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  2. I really appreciated this post! Thank you for sharing what was on your heart. :) I have to say that I was among those upset by it, simply because I think it's heartbreaking to see such things be put into movies that small children will be watching. However, you made a valid point with the magic. We personally are not allowed/choose not to watch movies with magic, but I know many others who do, and it is so hard, especially when they're close friends, so see them doing/watching/reading something God so adamantly disproves.
    I think it is sad to see how Christians are so upset over this in a secular movie.I mean, Disney never promised to be considerate of what they put on film!

    Thanks again for the post; I really appreciated it!

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    1. I'm glad it was a blessing to you! I know -- I also got upset about a recent series that was showing immorality. Thank you for reading and for stopping by! :) Blessings!

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  3. Elizabeth WilliamsMarch 8, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Okay, this post is amazing! I was thinking of seeing this new film, until I heard about this, and knew right away that I wouldn't be seeing it. And since then, I've heard people blasting and talking about boycotting Disney, and it's been making me think about all of it, and this post really put it all into perspective! I was thinking the other day, that Disney films are already so centered around witchcraft, even the original Beauty and the Beast. So it's not like ungodliness isn't already a thing with Disney lol!But it's been an eye-opener for me, and made me really contemplate whether I should continue watching those types of films. Their movies have such good storylines, a lot of the time, and they're so fun to watch! But is it really worth it to compromise? No! And you're absolutely right, that the Bible makes no excuse for any kind of darkness like witchcraft and enchantment. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad it was a blessing to you. I appreciate your thoughts, too! :) Keep on serving the Lord! Hugs and blessings!

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  4. When I read the title of your post, I had to stop and think for a second. I was positive you would never condone sexual sin, yet I was also positive my eyes were not decieving me!
    You make some great points, thanks so much for sharing. I've been saying the same thing to people around me for years, but if course, you said it so much more eloquently :) I'll be sharing this post for sure.

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    1. Sorry, click bait. ;) I wanted people to think. To give me a valid reason for why a movie that is already wicked shouldn't contain more wickedness. ;)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  5. While I certainly agree that the magic portion is just as wrong (not to mention the cross-species relationship); I would say that the reason we shouldn't have the additional leaven is for reasons of Romans 14.

    Essentially, we are all lead, and should be, by our convictions as we read and study and grow in the Lord. There are some Christians who do not see wrong in reading things like Harry Potter or watching Disney magic...but they are convicted on other truths of the Word, such as the sexual imorality.

    For those, they should most certainly be in an uproar over it. At a later time, should they continue growing, I am sure the Lord will present the other truths...but just because they are excusing one sin doesn't mean they should dump in the whole can. They may be completely unaware that they are even making excuses for the magic part...so, if they see nothing wrong with that part, but see the other sin...that is good a right for them to cry a warning.

    Just as it is good and right for you to cry a Biblical warning regarding the magic (loved that, btw). We see these things and present them to our brethren, Biblically, so they can be converted from their errors. So, as you are pointing out the magic to some who may not see an issue previously...there will be those who are doing the same with the sexual sin to others who didn't see that sin.

    This was all in response to, "Thoughts? If anyone has a reason why Beauty and the Beast shouldn't have a gay scene, please convince me!"

    In summary (not too good at brevity, lol), just because you already have to much leaven in your mix doesn't make it ok or acceptable to add more. We should avoid the leaven, but some were raised with the leaven and don't understand the health risks...to those, we educate; but at least they knew the rat poison was bad, lol.

    Anyway, that was my response to your "question"...be it rhetorical or not. Having said that, I enjoyed the article and whole-heartedly agree...Christians need to take a stand once more for the uncompromising Word of God.

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    1. My point simply was: If the premise of the movie is already evil, why should Christians be upset about additional evil? It's wicked to start with. It's anti-God to start with. Throwing a gay scene in doesn't make the movie more or less wicked. It's like adding another drop of poison to a whole bottle full of another kind. It will all kill. :)

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    2. I agree with your post, for sure. Just saying that some may have a taste for the one poison, not realizing it's cost...while seeing the dangers of the other. Some may not see your point of view, but from theirs they identify the other sin.

      So, we should always cry a warning about the sin we see, regardless of the sin we missed.

      I think your post is a real benefit to help those who didn't see that sin before to at least start considering it.

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    3. Gotcha! :) Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

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  6. A huge, hearty, THANK YOU!!!! My brother and I were actually just discussing writing an article. I think one thing you failed to mention was the portrayal of beastility. Belle never knew that the beast was going to be a person. She was falling in love with a beast. And that's okay Biblically how?

    Amazingly, just a few days before the gay scene was publicized, I read Deuteronomy 18:13 and wrote the following in my Scripture Journal:
    "'Perfect' (H8549--tamiym) - entire, also integrity, truth; without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerity, sound, without spot, undefiled, upright, whole.

    "In context, this verse comes immediately after warnings of witches, wizards, familiar spirits, etc. (vs. 10-11), which are abominations in God's eyes (vs. 9, 12). If our desire is to be completely blameless before God, then why do we use these abominations as entertainment? We wouldn't dare entertain ourselves with movies and books about sodomites or blatant adulterers, but there is more in Scripture displaying the abomination of witchcraft than sodomy. So why do we accept it more? Are we truly striving to live "perfect" in Christ?"

    Thanks for taking a stand, Alicia!

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    1. Oh, wow, you're right!! I never thought of that. What an excellent point!

      Thank you for sharing additional info. I really appreciate it! Hugs and blessings! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. As someone who grew up watching every single Disney movie, I fail to see how the inclusion of magic should affect anyone's desire to see this movie. Yes, magic is involved, but all things considered, it's a fairly minor part of the story. The focus is on Belle as she reminds the Beast what it's like to be a man again. Their story doesn't have the most ideal beginning, but the Beast never forces Belle to love him. As with many love stories, they learn to appreciate each other as people before developing a friendship that eventually turns to love.
    I grew up with Disney, I grew up reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia (which is very much Christian) and never did I think that any of it was real. Yes, they include magic, but far more importantly, in my opinion, they teach valuable lessons about sacrifice, friendship, loyalty, growing up, bravery, and so much more. I guess from my perspective, if you understand that the magic isn't real (and in most books and movies the magic is not the focus) then you can still enjoy the movies and books that do include magic.

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    1. Well, I guess I would have to ask what makes that particular sin (magic is forbidden b God) as long as it's understood to be unreal. Is rape okay if we understand it to not be real? Murder? Stealing? Imagination only covers so much. However, I grew up in a culture where magic was very, very real. It was very deceptive and very wicked. Not a whole lot of it starts in-your-face and black. It started subtle--almost as if it were not real, as if it were just a game, or imagination.

      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your thoughts. Valuable lessons on sacrifice, friendship, etc. are indeed so important and I love them too! :) Blessings!

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    2. Magic, actual magic and the practicing of spells and necromancy and such, was forbidden by God in the Old Testament. Magic in Disney movies and such is in no way encouraging anyone to believe or practice such magic. It's very clearly fantasy. My understanding from the Bible was that practicing magic was forbidden, but granted it's been a long time since I read it. I know there are many, many Christian authors who have written fantasy books and almost all of them include magic of some sort. And as in most books, magic was something neutral, fully dependent on the user whether it would do good or evil. And I think that's an important distinction. Like many things in life, the way we view or use something determines whether it does good or evil.

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  8. Magic, actual magic and the practicing of spells and necromancy and such, was forbidden by God in the Old Testament. Magic in Disney movies and such is in no way encouraging anyone to believe or practice such magic. It's very clearly fantasy. My understanding from the Bible was that practicing magic was forbidden, but granted it's been a long time since I read it. I know there are many, many Christian authors who have written fantasy books and almost all of them include magic of some sort. And as in most books, magic was something neutral, fully dependent on the user whether it would do good or evil. And I think that's an important distinction. Like many things in life, the way we view or use something determines whether it does good or evil.

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  9. I read your blog often, but rarely comment. So hi. :)

    I've been pondering your post here, and I agree SO much (also with Amanda Tero's comment). My only question is, where do we draw the line? Is Chronicles of Narnia lumped into our discard pile? The books, too? Just wondering what your thoughts are along that line. :)

    // PeculiarOnPurpose.blogspot.com

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