It looks like yesterday’s release of the movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” will be a runaway success. What’s the big deal about teenage vampires? And how should we, as believers, respond to its content?
I’m hardwired as a black-and-white thinker so I’ll respond to the latter question with another question: What does Scripture say about what we’re to put into our minds? According to Philippians 4:8, the content should be true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. If it doesn’t measure up, then don’t put it there.
That sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. My black-and-white brain says society’s influence has infiltrated not just our media, but our minds as well. We too easily listen to the majority’s voice rather than examine what it’s saying and where it’s taking us. As a result, we can’t even tell the difference between wrong and right in some cases.
2 Kings 17 says that God warned His people repeatedly to keep their hearts and minds focused only on Him and His regulations for their lives, to worship Him alone and not follow false gods. How did they respond? “They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD’s command not to imitate them” (v. 15).
Our society and culture beckon us to follow. Problem is, they often lead us down a path contrary to God’s best. Before we follow the majority and buy our tickets for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” let’s think seriously about the message it conveys and whether or not we can agree with it. One author says vampirism is the anti-thesis of Christianity: “Both Christ and Dracula deal with blood and eternal life…Whereas Christ shed his blood so that his followers could have eternal life, Dracula shed his followers’ blood so that he could have eternal life.” If that’s the case, do we really want to spend time and money on this? Do we really want to fill our minds with the values this movie presents?
Here’s a link to an interesting article that takes a closer look at what this movie represents: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10062912.html Take a moment to read and ponder it. And then ask the Lord to show you how to respond.