Much could be said about the new live-action, Beauty and The Beast, movie that is about to be released. I am not a super-fan of Belle, I'm more of an Ariel girl, (that's princess talk for those of you who don't understand) but still, I am one of the many who were completely excited to go see it. Then the news broke.
If you are oblivious to the controversy I am referring to, just google it. I'm sorry. My skills and lack of patience at this point to figure out how to post a link is not a priority. What is a priority is this:
Does sin make you heartbroken or angry? And I guess I need to be specific. Does sin make you heartbroken or angry? Not just one particular sin but ALL sin. Because if it's just one, or a few, then we have a problem.
There is such a thing as righteous anger. We can read about it in the gospels when Jesus enters the temple and is outraged over the corruption of Jewish men selling sacrifices. They were overcharging the worshippers coming to offer sacrifices for forgiveness of sin. These "church guys" were trying to make a buck off the traffic in and out of the temple. This particular corruption would have been very similar to what the early Catholic church would call an indulgence. Pay a certain price and you would be absolved from your sin. Pay a little more, and you could get your loved one out of purgatory. It was completely and totally corrupt, and it was this act that pushed Martin Luther to nail his thesis to the church door. It was this same corrupt spirit that pushed Jesus into pushing over the tables.
These "money changers" at the temple were selling forgiveness. Jesus knew that God alone could offer that, so in righteousness, he cleaned the churched out.
Back to today.
I've heard and read a lot of outrage over this movie. But if we're honest, in the Christian community there is always outrage over homosexuality. It seems to be the main thing we're okay with condemning. What we fail to understand is that the more we cry in outrage over this particular sin, but ignore other, often blatant sin within our churches, we are just a very loud, ugly, noise.