to go see Beauty and the Beast tonight. I have seen a lot of posts from fellow Christians to boycott this movie due to certain moments within the film and it hurts my heart. I don’t typically get involved in conversations like this on Social Media but I felt this is important.
Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite of mine- it came out when I was 4 years old and I saw it shortly after that- the more I see it the more I understand the picture of redemption, forgiveness, and looking past outward appearances. I remember a moment about 10 years ago and my coworkers were talking about the popular kids and pointing out from our server pool who must have been popular in high school- I asked him what he thought about me and he paused for a moment and asked me if I wanted him to lie to me or tell me the truth- I asked for the truth-and he said that I wasn’t the popular type but that I didn’t seem to care too much-I really am a funny girl and all that…I’ve always loved Belle, not just because she’s French and different (because I’ve always been different), but because she’s intelligent, she loves to read, and she dreams of more than what “they’ve got planned”. My Grandpa Johnson used to say, ” If you want to hear God laugh, go ahead and tell Him your plans-Man proposes, God disposes” Proverbs 16. I always wonder if Belle had any inkling of what her life would be like- its one of those exceedingly abundant moments- there were trials, there were growing pains, and yes there will always be difficulties in life, but there will also be blessings beyond compare. My plans always pale in comparison to the ones God has for me- once I see them I always wonder how I ever doubted Him.
To see all of these posts about a boycott of a movie that is such a beautiful picture of love and sacrifice breaks my heart. When christians do that it reaffirms the thoughts inside countless people around the world and closes their hearts one more time to the gospel. You are missing out. And not just missing out on something that doesn’t make a difference- but you’re missing out on opportunities, you’re missing out on conversations, you’re even missing out on teachable moments.
You’re allowed to have your opinions, we all are- but just think before you get caught up in Social Media wars about the things of this world. Jesus called us to be in the world and not of the world- that means we go and initiate conversations about what Jesus did for us on the cross- and they won’t listen if we keep sharing noise.
Jesus never called us to huddle together- He called us to go into the world and preach the Gospel- He showed us how to love people and the true meaning of sacrifice. There’s a bigger picture here and you’re missing out on it. Don’t.