Why Twilight Isn’t Good No Matter How You Slice It

I’m not a glutton for punishment—although it feels like it sometimes. I’ve been sounding the horn about the dangers of the Twilight books and movies since they first open old doorsrocketed to success. Speaking out about a series that’s wildly popular with young women to young women hasn’t won me any popularity contests. In fact, many of you have challenged my position on Twilight. I don’t mind a good discussion about these things and I’d be happy to change my mind if I was given a biblical reason to do so, but that’s not what’s happened. Instead, I’ve found that when it comes to this series too many young women are trying to mix darkness with light.

Yesterday I wrote that I think Twilight is dangerous because it leads to an unholy fantasy life. Do you know what response I hear most often to debunk this claim? That Edward and Bella don’t have sex until they are married.

That’s true. I can’t argue with the plot line. But there is a difference between purity and abstinence. Edward and Bella abstain because they fear sex will kill Bella. That’s a far cry from waiting because they want God’s best and are committed to obeying Him.

It seems strange to me that so many young women have bought the lie that because there is no sex in the first three books that the remaining content is redeemed.

Isaiah 5:20 warns, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

Just because Edward and Bella delay sex doesn’t mean this series is good. And just because there are parts of it that are worth watching/reading doesn’t mean that it isn’t dark. When it comes to our media choices, God’s Word doesn’t urge us to ask “Are parts of this harmless?” but rather “Is this holy?”

Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16).

Eventually Twilight will drop off all of our radar screens, but something else will take its place. If we don’t understand God’s standards or grasp how much is at stake when we justify the messages of the world or disregard that they don’t fit through the filter of God’s Word, we put our hearts and minds at risk.

Perhaps the best way to understand my point is the image we find in Genesis 1:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness (Gen. 1:3–4).

From the very beginning God separated light from darkness. That’s because darkness and light cannot co-exist. They cannot co-exist in creation, and they cannot co-exist in your life. You can’t mix in a little evil in and call your choices good. You can’t ignore dark themes and fixate on each sliver of light.

I realize that this opens up a gigantic can of worms. There aren’t many books, TV shows, or movies out there that don’t contain at least a little questionable content. And since we can’t bury our heads under the sand, we’re bound to be exposed to themes that don’t line up with God’s standards for holiness. But still, when it comes to wise media choices I want to encourage you to start asking “Is this holy?” and to start allowing your honest answers to inform what you read, watch, and listen to.

Another good question to ask is “Is this beneficial?” In other words, “Is this good for my heart, mind, and soul?”

First Corinthians 10:23 puts it this way, “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say-but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”

Let’s stop trying to justify Twilight and start asking three key questions. They’re the same questions that will best guard our hearts when the next media phenomenon comes along.

  • Is this holy?
  • Is this beneficial?
  • Is this constructive?

With those questions in mind, do you think Twilight is a wise media choice? In what others areas of your life are you tempted to combine darkness and light?

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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