Freedom and Happiness

 

My wife and I were a part of the group that went to see Beauty and The Beast this weekend. It was a small live action production of the beloved Disney cartoon (that is sarcasm). The film made over $170 million in its debut weekend! (Beauty and the Beast Box Office)

Very impressive to say the least.

The movie was wonderfully made and a beautiful rendition of the classic. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Before you start asking my thoughts on the controversy, I will say this, there was nothing I saw as being “extreme”. I would be more apt to keep my kids away due to the Beast than the fact that…no spoilers. However, I will be addressing this issue in my upcoming post.

Now, back to the movie. So good!

There was one scene in particular that I was drawn to and, honestly, was the point I felt like many Christians could use as a teaching point.

Belle and the Beast are standing together and he asks her, “Are you happy?” Belle replies, “Can anyone be truly happy if they aren’t free?”

BAM! Gospel message!

This is what can be missed when we focus on some minor scene, a bigger message that can be used to reveal the good news of Jesus. Belle and the Beast were both held captive in two different ways, both not by choice, but by decision. Belle chose to take her father’s place and the Beast chose to be hateful and arrogant. Belle is held in a castle and Beast is held captive as a hideous creature in need of discovering something more important than himself.

A tale as old as time…

The question is so quick, but so important to the entire film. They both desired freedom and were hoping for the day to come.

There are many in this world who are living their life believing they are happy, but they are not truly free. They are holding on to beastly anger, pride, judgment, prejudice, etc., therefore they are trapped. There are some who have chosen to carry more than what they should, even if it is for good reason, and it is weighing them down, similar to Belle.

They live as if they have it all figured out, but in reality, they are broken and held captive.

The only person who can truly bring the freedom they long for is Jesus. As people are pretending to be happy or living a life masked on the outside with happiness, on the inside they are dying.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were living like that. They had their religious lives looking clean and orderly, but on the inside, they were dead. Jesus had to call them out and inform them of their decaying.

Perhaps this is your trap today? You have been playing a religious righteous role, but on the inside you’re falling apart. You have lost connection with Jesus. Your prayer life is weak. Your study Scripture has become stagnant. You have become dull to the love and hope of Jesus, yet you portray an overly holy person on the outside.

It is so easy to point out the beast of sin, but we have a hard time recognizing that we are Belle’s in our faith. We are outwardly beautiful, but we have an internal struggle trying to break free, but we don’t know how.

We can all be captive in some way, but the only way we can be free is through the everlasting joy found in Jesus. 

Can anyone truly be happy if they aren’t free? No. No, they can’t.

Can anyone truly experience joy and hope without Jesus? No. No, they can’t.

May you find happiness in Christ today. May you find a way to address your captivity and seek freedom through the true giver of joy and peace.

Peace and blessings friends.

QUESTION: Do you have someone you can be honest with about your internal struggles in order to seek freedom?

photo courtesy: google images

 

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