The Unbalanced Being of the Day | Henagar Drive-In Theatre
Are all of you Disney fans excited about the new Beauty and the Beast movie? We know you’ll be lined up in droves to see the likes of Lefou, Gaston and Belle, like it was the second coming of Full House. Except if you live in Henagar, Alabama, as you won’t be able to watch it at the Henagar Drive-In Theatre.
When it was revealed that the Character Lefou, played by Josh Gad, is a member of the LGBTQ community (A dedication to the original film’s late lyricist Howard Ashman) the new Alabama theatre owner decided to shift his schedule based on his religious beliefs.
“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine,” the business owner said in a statement on Facebook. “If we can not take our 11 year old grand daughter and 8 year old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.”
“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine,” reads the statement. “We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
This was to be Disney’s first LGBTQ character and a very proud moment for them. It still is, but when choices like this still happen in small parts of America, you can still see their is much work needed to be done for the equality of all Americans.
It’s a shame the Henagar Drive-In Theatre interprets the bible in their own way. I thought Jesus was all about love! When you read his teachings, Jesus doesn’t just love a future version of you; He loves you exactly as you are right now. Jesus’ love for you has no prerequisites or requirements. Even if you hate Him, Jesus loves you and wants what is best for you. Love is at the core of everything Jesus taught. Unfortunately, his message of love has been conveniently left out by many who would rather make a point than make a difference (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8-10; Romans 5:8; Psalm 86:15).
The Henagar Drive-In Theatre seems to not be following the teachings of a loving Jesus and that’s why they’re The Unbalanced Being of the Day.