Disney movies and books used to be known for clean, wholesome entertainment for the entire family. They are quickly spiraling downhill and quite frankly, it is time for the Christian to take a stand and shout, “No more!”
I have recently gotten into minor debates with two different individuals about this subject. One of which, is, as far as I know, a Christian.
The individual I’m referring to took great offense when I suggested Christians should stop buying Disney products after it has been announced that their remake of “Beauty & The Beast” will include a gay scene. She said something like,”I personally support Disney” and was furious that anyone would object. According to her logic, cultures are changing and the movies have to reflect that. She claimed people being upset about this are just like the people years ago who would have objected to a colored princess being depicted in their movies.
For others who feel the same way, let me assure you… those two things are not even closely related!
The Bible doesn’t teach us that is wrong for a woman of color to be a princess. But the Bible does teach against homosexuality. It says homosexuality is an abomination. People taking a stand against Disney for violating the Bible is 100% different than people complaining about Disney because those individuals are racists.
This person also said if we are to boycott purchasing Disney movies, than we would have to stop shopping at Wal-Mart and a whole host of other stores for the things they stand for as well.
I had a debate with another individual on the topic. This person, obviously lost, said the Bible, in her opinion, is completely outdated. I would have to disagree. The Bible is very much alive and up to date! She said people should “live and let live” and “embrace how others are.” She said there are far worse things in the world than being gay that people should repent of and claimed issues like this are why so many people are losing faith. She later got angry when I pointed out that the Bible says sodomy is a sin. She claimed two people of the same gender involved in homosexual relationships are not committing acts of sodomy. Like it or hate it, the word sodomite is God’s word for the homosexual.
In both cases, I found it interesting that with the topic of sodomy/homosexuality, both individuals I debated attempted to justify what was being discussed. The first individual was basically saying, “Well, you can’t boycott Disney if you’re going to shop at Wal-Mart,” and the second person was pretty much saying “Homosexuality is not the worst thing going on that needs repented of.”
Wow! What has happened to our society? A society where what God says is right, is right! A society where what God says is wrong, is wrong! Let me guess, you’re going to tell me it’s God’s place to judge and I have no business judging anyone, right?
Before I go any further, let me assure you I am not what some would refer to as a homophobe. I have no fear of homosexuals or of homosexuality. I see it as a sin. Perhaps though, if you feel everyone who stands up and says homosexuality is a sin is some kind of a Christian lunatic, it is you who has an abnormal phobia. Perhaps you are a Christianophobe.
What does the King James Bible have to say about homosexuality?
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it [is] abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13
I know, I know. Those are Old Testament passages. The New Testament is more applicable today and it has no references to homosexuality, right? Wrong!
“For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:26-27
“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there by any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;” – I Timothy 1:9-10
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” – Jude 1:7
The Bible is quite clear on the fact that homosexuality is indeed a sin. Sure, we can justify it. We can say, “it’s not as bad as murder. It’s not as bad as stealing. It’s not as bad as [whatever pet sin you want to list here]…”
But there is a problem with that kind of thinking. Look at what James 2:10-11 has to say, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”
Let’s stop being afraid of offending people by calling sin what it is – sin. Homosexuality is sin. It’s an abomination. Yes, there are other sins and I have addressed some of those other sins in some of my other blog posts. But this blog post is about homosexuality being shown in a new Disney film, so we’re not going to be addressing all of the other sins to make the sin of homosexuality look like less of a sin. Okay?
Now that we have that covered, we need to understand something else. Disney films are geared toward children, are they not?
Look at the warning Matthew 18:6-7 has for those who do things to encourage or cause children to stumble or fall away from God’s ways. “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, (I believe a millstone looks something like the huge stone pictured below)and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!”
If a Christian continues to purchase Disney movies, whom the Christian knows is trying to push the homosexual movement onto innocent children, they too will give an account to God for offending God’s little ones.
Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Be careful about excusing sin and saying it’s no big deal. Don’t make light of something that God calls an abomination. Christian, don’t financially support ungodliness aimed at innocent children.
One last thought on the subject. The Psalmist David said in Psalm 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
How powerful is that verse? Can you relate to David? Can you, will you refuse to set any wicked thing before your eyes? Can you, will you, hate the work of them that turn aside? For example, a company which is now producing homosexual-themed content for children? Can you hate their work and refuse to allow it to cleave to you? Or will you be like the Christian who said “I support Disney” and get offended when someone tries to teach you otherwise?