Yesterday, we started a week-long look at Twilight. This best-selling series and movie have enormous appeal to young women worldwide, but I am convinced that as Christians, it is best if we steer clear of this series.
As promised, over the next few days, we will be exploring three reasons to avoid Twilight mania. But I don’t just want you to take my word on this. These thoughts will be grounded in Truth from God’s Word.
Here’s one of my beefs with this series…it seems that focusing on Bella and Edward’s romance can lead to an unholy fantasy life. I’ve personally witnessed what can only be touted as Edwardmania among many of the young women I know. Edward (the story’s vampire protagonist) is admired by young women as the ultimate standard for a boyfriend.
One girl wrote the following on an Edward fan site. “I love Edward not because he’s the ideal guy any girl could dream of. Because he is inspiring, his figure doesn’t make girls hide in their rooms and daydream all of their lives. It makes us go out and search for our own Edward. And the blessing comes after we have found him. We can stay forever in the bliss of having the most perfect guy in the universe all to ourselves…”
Yikes! I can’t make this stuff up. I have had several girls personally tell me that they want their own Edward. This idea is strengthened by Bella’s obsession with Edward in the book. She is willing to do anything for him, including becoming a vampire herself in order to be with him forever. Every night Edward sneaks in to Bella’s room to sleep next to her and Bella hides it from her parents. Even though this clearly bucks the Bible’s standards for response to authority, it seems to just make Twilight readers swoon more for Edward. For many young women it seems that thoughts of him create a runaway train of romantic fantasies about a fella who isn’t their potential husband (he is fictional after all). Focusing on this standard, rather than on God’s standards for romance is way off course.
Many of you have written about how difficult it is to wait on God’s timing for romance. And several of you have been honest about the heartache you’ve experienced when you’ve made the decision to link your life with someone other than the man God would choose for you. Surely an obsession with a fictional character, who seems to have it all, does nothing but muddy these waters.
2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to “take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” I truly think that these books make this an increasingly difficult task.
But, Twilight certainly isn’t the first book to introduce this kind of deception. Unrealistic and ungodly portrayals of romance, and love, and beauty are everywhere. What are some other factors that contribute to an unholy fantasy life for you? What are some strategies that you use to make sure you stay focused on God’s standards for love?