Beastly

6 11 2011
Beastly (film)

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I watched the movie Beastly today. I was wondering if it wouldn’t be a good movie to watch with the youth group girls only some of their parents would be quite concerned with the content of a witch who casts a spell (I’m not sure how they feel about beauty and the beast…) But I thought it might be a good way in to talk about a lot of things.

The witch thing is a big deal here. I saw the second last Harry Potter incognito and people might very well have been praying for me over the fact.

The response from the other side of the fence is equally as interesting. Over the last weekend, we’ve had Halloween, and many have mentioned being laughed at for suggesting that ghouls and witches are offensive.

But I wonder why the general population isn’t more offended by the idea that intentionally allowing or causing suffering in another is good.

In some sense we are happy to see the validity of a witches curse which changes a beast to beauty through self realization – moving from as ‘aggressively ugly outside as you are inside’ to a diamond removed from the rough. We’re happy to see that in a measured space of 1 year, or until the petals fall, and only in the case of someone sadly lacking in self realization. But to suggest that the God of the universe might want something for us that will take us through hard times, that his purposes can and will be completed through agony, or that looking at the pain in the world He shouldn’t choose a more profound fix over an immediate one… To a world committed to seeking the lack of pain, and to a relevance that says you have no right to impinge on my life, that, is incredibly offensive.

Yet we’re all behind the witch. Why?  That (despite the fact we wont buy it) we long for someone to tell us that the surface is nothing more than superficial. Or because because we long for justice? Restoration? Self revelation?…The very same things we find through the incredibly involved and invested God who calls us to suffer.

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