Lest We Cause Others to Stumble…Lessons Learned from Beauty and the Beast

My girls and I had been super excited to watch the new live action rendition of Beauty and the Beast in theaters.

I’m not sure if we are going to see it or not, but that’s really not either here nor there.  That’s not what this post is about.

As Christians, we often want to paint things as either black or white, good or bad.  I’m the worst when it comes to this, actually.  Life would be so much easier if we always had a clear-cut answer as to how to best live our lives.

Before I go any further, let me just say that as Christ followers, we shouldn’t be looking to the world for our entertainment.  I’m just as guilty of this as the next person!  But we need to realize that we should seek our pleasure in the Lord and in all of the beautiful gifts that He has given us.

A few weeks ago, a bit of controversy surrounded the release of Beauty and the Beast and it’s content.  Now many Christians have decided to boycott the film.

And there has been a pushback from Christians who decided to watch it anyway.  Blog posts have declared how the film opened up discussions about Christ with their children, and others have posted photos of their families watching the movie.

Sisters, the problem here doesn’t lie in whether or not our conscience allows us to watch the film.  The problem lies with flaunting what we perceive as our “liberty” in front of those whose conscience binds them.

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.  I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.  If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.

Romans 14:13-15

Here Paul is talking about not being a stumbling block to believers who believe certain meat is unclean by eating the “unclean” meat in front of them.  In this day and age of social media, we can apply this principle to a multitude of things.  Could sharing about watching a movie that weighs on another person’s conscience cause them to stumble?

It possibly could.  So really, we should do our best to act in love always, and not cause our fellow believers distress by our actions.  When we do so, Paul says we are no longer acting in love.

Sisters, this can be hard!  But with the Sprit of God’s help, we can act lovingly and gently.  I pray that our social media accounts as well as our “real” life is filled with grace and truth.  When we put others feelings above our own, we are doing the right thing.  Even if we think that boycotting this movie is wrong, respecting our brothers and sisters in Christ who feel otherwise is the kind thing to do.  They are most likely doing what they feel is most pleasing to the Lord, which is commendable.

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