The movie has already been generating the sort of buzz that is usually reserved for a Star Wars or Harry Potter film.
Quite a number of Christian organisations have spoken out against the film
The National Council of Churches Singapore (NCCS) said on Tuesday, March 14, that the inclusion of a “gay moment” in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast is “totally unnecessary”, noting that this is the first time an explicitly gay character is introduced in a Disney big-screen production.
On the same day, the Roman Catholic Church of Singapore said that “parents must discern and reflect with their children” on whether the lifestyle portrayed is consonant with the church’s teachings and explain the implications and the consequences of such a lifestyle for themselves and society.
Over the weekend, Anglican Bishop Rennis Ponniah has issued a statement released on the St Andrew’s Cathedral website urging the clergy and deaconesses to alert their congregation about the homosexual content in the movie.
Based on the Film Classification Guidelines, Beauty and the Beast was rated PG (Parental Guidance) as it contains mild portrayals of violence. This is also the assessment of the Films Consultative Panel.”
Here are few things for you to discern
Many parents face some tough decisions as Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast opens soon with Disney’s first-ever portrayal of an openly gay character. Director Bill Condon explained the sub-plot in an interview with Attitude, a British gay magazine.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Mr. Condon told a magazine. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad, the actor playing LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away.”
Parents, please consider this issue first: Disney is not a Christian value-based film company.
This LGBT inclusion is just the latest of many places where biblical values are challenged or outright undermined. Regarding LGBT inclusion,the movie is not the only place that we are going to see in future. All corporate are expected to embrace LGBT and they are moving in the direction. Examples are many and include instances such as disobedience to parents, disrespect of parents, use of the supernatural, and total self-indulgent living. None of these behaviors reflect the biblical worldview either. Therefore, any response to our children must be balanced with self-reflection. If we have never addressed any of these other biblical worldview conflicts, we must consider personally why this issue would be of greater importance.
So how do you respond as parents?
- Make sure you teach your children the purpose of everything in life – to live a life that honors the Lord. The apostle Paul taught, “Whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is the matter of first importance for our children. Handling sexuality and one’s personal desires of any kind, much less sexual attraction, fit under this overarching life principle. The motivation for everything in life should consistently reflect a Christ-like character that honors God, which includes what children watch as entertainment (cf., 2 Corinthians 5:9). This is where the conversation must begin – not just for this movie but for all of life.
- parents need to teach biblical sexuality in age-appropriate ways to their children, possibly much differently than their parents or grandparents ever even considered. Entertainment choices of all types, what is available through the plethora of internet resources, and social engagement with other children, all force parents to actively teach their children God’s design and desires for sex. This conversation must begin early and continue throughout the teenage years. There are very useful resources available to help parents with this needful task, especially for some who find this awkward.
- Help your children understand sin, how it impacts people, and the need for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Children need to develop discernment that begins with their own hearts (Matthew 7:1-5) as they see and engage sin. Yes, it is vital that they learn to identify and evaluate anything that does not honor God. However, it is also equally imperative that parents teach them how that evaluation should fuel a passion to see others reached with the gospel. The goal is not just informed children; rather, it is gospel-centered children with a love for Jesus and a burden for others.
Here are a few of my recommended resources: Teaching Children about Sex by Dr. Dan Wickert, Time for the Talk by Steve Zollos, The Story of Me by Stan and Brenna Jones, Before I was Born by Stan and Brenna Jones, What’s the Big Deal? by Stan and Brenna Jones, and Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage: A Biblical Handbook for Marriage by John A. Younts.