I was simply going to let this one pass. Every day, I see many stories pop up which affect how we, as Christians, should live in society. Through the endless scrolls of Facebook and Twitter, I come across so much agenda driven material, I would do nothing but write all day long on the things I see. So when I saw Disney was going to slightly insert the gay agenda into their newest Beauty and the Beast release, I rolled my eyes with an “Of course they are, because the director of the movie wants to rip apart bibles in the hotel rooms he stay in.”
I made one post on my Facebook about this (around the same time I urged my Christian brothers and sisters to avoid The Shack as well). I figured enough believers would realize how destructive the movie would be to their children and simply make the Godly choice to not subject their kids to this sin. Apparently the power of a complaining 7 year old is more powerful than the call to stay strong in God, because as I type this, the movie is about to cross the $170 million barrier in just 3 days. That will make it the highest grossing PG movie opening weekend ever.
More importantly, this gives Disney and all the other studios open season to continue to trickle sinful behavior into material designed for children. All they have to say is “well, you Christians had no issue it with it in this movie, so we will just continue to indoctrinate your children with the sins of the world.”
I am sure I will lose friends on my social networks over this posting, because I saw in my feed throughout the weekend that many of them went to the movie, and raved about it. I also saw many of my friends went to The Shack last week. My question to you is simple: At what point did you decide to simply forgot our call to Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Col. 3:2 NKJV). When did the Christians of this country think is was ok to ignore God’s Word when it tells us Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV). Did you discern that the will of God was to have you sit through a movie which promotes homosexuality? Did you think it was good, acceptable and perfect?
“But it was just one little scene” is what I am sure some of you will say. My response is simple, that scene is in a violation of God’s Word, and should never be put into your mind. Period, end of discussion. There is no other response. Playing the “it was just one small scene” card is EXACTLY what Disney was hoping for Christians to do. They were counting on us as a church to not draw the line and say enough is enough. We will no longer allow you to put sin into our mind. Instead, the Christians of America simply opened their wallets and said “take what you want, so I don’t have to say no to my kids”.
This is not just a gay issue. It is EVERY form of entertainment coming out of Hollywood today that promotes unGodly ways. I was stunned last month when I saw two pastor friends of mine excited to be going to Fifty Shades Darker. Another could not wait to step into John Wick 2. These are people who are charged with leading churches excited to be going into movies which completely destroy God’s Word. I wanted to scream “what are you thinking!!” But then I remembered, everyone must come to realize on their own what is right and what is wrong in God’s eyes.
As Christians, we should be showing the world through every action we do every day what it means to live a life led by the bible. Part of living that life is NOT supporting things which are against the bible. I heard two quick little things this week which to me hit this point home. In our Wednesday night bible study, my pastor said “If the world embraces you and your behavior, there is probably too much compromise in your life”. Then this morning in his sermon he said “If the world thinks we are one of them, what we are doing is actually denying Jesus.”
Powerful things to think about the next time you decide to download that new disc, tune into that TV show or put your money down at the box office.