Saturday, March 18, 2017

Some Thoughts on Beauty and the Beast

  1. The music, acting, and visual effects are excellent. The film is a beautiful remake of a classic fairy tale. 
  2. The film clearly promotes same-sex romance. Lefou, Gaston’s sidekick, is presented as a gay man pining after Gaston. However, Lefou eventually has a moral awakening and realizes how horrible Gaston really is. At this point, another gay man is introduced. (When three ruffians attack the magic wardrobe, the wardrobe fights back by dressing them all as women. Two of the ruffians turn away in disgust, but one looks delighted.) In the final scene, when all the characters are dancing in the ballroom, Lefou and this man are seen happily dancing together. 
  3. The film promotes harmful stereotypes of homosexual men as effeminate and silly. 
  4. By permeating Gaston and Lefou’s friendship with homosexual overtones, the film perpetuates the harmful notion that deep intimacy between males must have some sexual connotation. 
  5. Christians should be concerned about a film that promotes same-sex romance. If we truly believe that homosexual sex is a sin, and if we truly believe that sin harms people, then this film must be a matter of concern. Apathy marks indifference to the spiritual well-being of our homosexual brothers and sisters. 
  6. Unfortunately, as I explain in this cartoon, evangelicals have lost virtually all credibility on this issue. We will only be able to contribute meaningfully to our culture’s conversation on homosexuality if we repent of our own hypocrisy.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

I really appreciate your remarks on this. Point number 4 is important, as are all your points. When our children were dating, we were almost embarrassed to talk about our daughter having a boyfriend and our son having a girlfriend for fear that people would think they were engaged in sexual relationships. It seems that today "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" are synonymous with sexual partners. Unfortunately, an assumption of sexual interest is beginning to invade even same sex friendships. It's so important for women to have close women friends, and men to have close men friends. "Friends" is different than sexual partners, but that distinction today is not universally assumed. The diminishing of the concept of godly friendships is truly tragic.
I also appreciate your warning that when we approve such films as this, we are in danger of minimizing sin which is so destructive to people who are engaged in it. By overlooking the implied immorality, are we risking teaching our children that Disney, not God, sets the standards of morality today? In our love for all things Disney, we must not give our children the idea that God's standards are irrelevant for today.
Finally, I also appreciate your last point. Today, Christians seem to have accepted heterosexual immorality as the norm, despite the Bible's clear teaching that this is sin. In accepting this sin as not so bad, we have now lost our voice to declare other sexual sins, such as homosexual sin, to be immoral.
We need to get back to knowing and following God's Word in all areas of life. He truly loves us and shows us the paths which lead to "fullness of joy" (Ps. 16:11).