Beauty and the Beast
The Disney brand is offering a remake of the beloved fairy-tale, "Beauty and the Beast." Unlike the previous cartoon version, this time it is live action presentation with an additional scene written into the screenplay. What could possibly cause so much consternation among the Christians. What could they have presented that would have so many crying foul?
We have seen Hollyweird promote gay themes. One of the most entertaining TV shows in recent years is called “Glee.” This show revived the theme from the hit movie, “Fame,” a show that follows the lives of several main characters at the fictional William McKinley High School’s glee club. Two of main characters represent the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). One of them is a gay male the other a transgender person of color. It seems that every successful sitcom finds a way to write gay characters into the story lines.
With the Hollywood elite standing strongly behind the normalization of the LGBTQ lifestyle choices, we have seen movies like the highly-acclaimed Brokeback Mountain and “Boys Don’t Cry” win numerous awards. This year the best pix award went to the coming of age story of a young man in “Moonlight.”
Most evangelical believers have an opinion concerning the LGBTQ community that runs counter to the majority of the non-Christian world. We believe that choosing a gay, bisexual or transgender lifestyle is not God’s best plan for their lives. There can be no doubt that people are born into this world as sinners in need of the Savior. While those who identify as LGBTQ will tell us, “We are born this way,” they are telling the truth, but they don’t understand why they struggle with same sex attraction, gender identity or a host of other issues stemming from the fact that God created us to be sexual beings.
Understanding that sin is not a choice for the unregenerate becomes an extremely important truth if we are going to share the solution to the very real problems they are facing. The director of “Beauty and the Beast” decided to include an obviously gay character dancing with another man at the end of the film. Disney was indeed aware of the implications as noted in this interview with the film’s director:
The film’s director, Bill Condon, has said that he chose to make the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, gay because the original animated film’s late lyricist Howard Ashman saw the Beast's ostracism as an AIDS metaphor. “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle and a way for the curse to be lifted,” Condon told Attitude magazine earlier this year.
The director continued his defense of portraying LeFou as a gay man:
He says Gad plays LeFou as someone who is just realizing he's gay, he tells the British gay magazine. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants ... And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.” (Hyman, 2017)
The Creation Studies Institute stands firmly on the gospel of God’s grace found only in His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. We are sad that the Disney company felt that is was necessary to include this scene in what has always been a popular children’s story.
If we neglect to reach out to those who are currently self-identify as LGBTQ, we are failing to obey the instructions giving by our Savior just before He ascended back to His heavenly throne. His instructions remain as a guide for His disciples in every generation.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen, Matt. 28:16-20.
The lessons implied in the original story of “Beauty and the Beast” are in no way objectionable. Why the Hollywood elite felt the need to make a main character gay says more about their need for the Savior than their hope of making our society more inclusive and accepting.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever, I John 2:15-17.
Submitted by Pastor Steven Rowitt, PhD.