Top 6 Reasons Christians (usually) dislike Twilight

I am a fan of the Twilight saga, and could be classified as a twi-hard. Probably not in the same way everyone else: I don’t obsess over Robert Pattinson (RPattz), Taylor Lautner (Tay-lau), or Kristen Stewart (*ahem* K-Stew). I did however show up for the midnight showing of New Moon, and I have read the entire series more than once (but less than 3 times, lawl).

I am also a Christian, and could be classified as a Chri-hard (*rimshot*, yes, I know…bad pun). According to some opinionated bloggers, those two sentiments can’t co-exist. Being equally opinionated, I beg to differ.

There are roughly five reasons why Christians oppose Twilight.
1 Vampires and werewolves have a bad rap. With a bloody history including Vlad the Impaler, Dracula, LeStat, and numerous other villainous figures historical and fictional, vampire novels generally have an immediate negative reaction among believers. It’s compounded by the darkness brought from the underground vampire-culture which really does exist (even if “biological” “real” vampires do not). Being raised in a bubble most of my life, I understand the need to guard our eyes, ears, and minds from influences which would violate the spirit of Ephesians 5. However, Twilight’s mythical creatures are unique and virtuous, requiring independent evaluation:

Distinctions are made by the characters, qualifying good vampires from bad (those who drink human blood thus commiting murder, and those who abstain and keep themselves from being “monsters”). Werewolves (more accurately, shapeshifters), also do no harm to any human and make their mission in life hunting “evil” vampires. The subject of racism is dealt with subtly as well, as the implied loathing between the two factions is also broached throughout the series.
Our set of “veggie vampires” also address the subjects of creationism, God, the afterlife, as well as social issues of pre-marital sex, marriage, and abortion from a conservatively favorable stance.

2 The major heartthrob status of both Edward and Jacob. You can find shirtless pictures of either or both of these guys anywhere you go. I realize that doesn’t usually appeal to parental sentiments, however, I’m willing to wager that as far as character traits go, most teen girls could do much worse. I’ve actually recommended reading the saga to certain women in the hopes that it would inspire them to better relationship standards. Edward and Jacob treat Bella with priority and respect, risking their supernatural lives almost daily to keep her human one intact. Not all teen heartthrobs are created equal, and these exceed the typical standard.

3 Is Edward damned? While not directly answered throughout the series, as most things, the subject is dealt with through the opinions and observations of other characters in the series. Edward, of course, believes he’s beyond redemption until he meets Bella. Carlisle, a pastor’s son, clings fervently to the belief in God, believing that it is our daily choices which decide our eternal fate; not decisions which are made for us. Bella’s belief in Edward’s eternal hope is centered around the beauty of his soul. In any case, varying views on eternity are presented, and ultimately lead the reader toward an understanding of grace.

4 Does Twilight promote unhealthy relationships? A valid question. The relationship intensity level is sky-high all the way around. This could set unrealistic expectations for young girls, but no more so than any Lori Wick, Francine Rivers, or Janette Oke book.

5 And what about the sex in Breaking Dawn? Indeed, that was a warm book in certain sections. However, it was written tastefully, without all the gory details. With everything the two lovebirds went through in the span of the first three books, to see them make it in one piece to their marriage bed, in purity is gratifying. Most teens (and adult singles) see more explicit content on daytime television, and without the benefits of a pure, if not sanitized, context. Celebration of pure, marital love shouldn’t be hidden, but addressed in maturity and respect. Otherwise, you create a vacuum of knowledge, and someone else will be there to fill it.

6 Ignorance. Much of the backlash is a knee-jerk reaction based on a “no” mentality. We can’t live our lives as though we have OCD: Obsessive-Christian-Disorder. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. He knows what’s best for you as an individual. Trust Him.

I’d love to hear your input on this, so comments are well-appreciated.

Sincerely,

Sarah

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~ by sarahthebaker on December 2, 2009.

6 Responses to “Top 6 Reasons Christians (usually) dislike Twilight”

  1. I definetly agree with you. I am a Christian and also a Twilight fan. I feel like many Christians hate anything supernatural, from wizards to vampires. Many people judge what’s unknown. But, as long as you know the difference between real and
    unreal, I don’t see why so many people are so against it. Disney
    movies have magic in them as well, so the next thing we’ll hear is
    that those are “demonic” too. “Magic” and the “supernatural,” I feel help those who read them be more creative. There is so basis to creating when you’re not basing it off something that’s real. I went to a writer’s workshop, and one of the teachers said she thinks vampires and the supernatural are so appealing, at least in these times, because with the economy and everything, real life can be a little bit depressing. Fantasy lets people escape from reality for a little while.

    Also, for everyone who is against the Twilight series, they must not know that Stephenie Meyer herself is a Christian. She doesn’t smoke or drink either. And she wrote the Twilight series with her beliefs in mind. Like you said, she wrote about God, heaven, hell, and waiting until marriage in her book. It seems like 99% of movies nowadays have some topless woman in it…yet, the Twilight series is what people pick on? Bella and Edward waiting until marriage. Edward waited 100+ years for her. How is that a bad influence? I feel like that is one of the best influences young girls have out there in the media, personally. And I don’t think Edward is unrealistic. I know many men who mope around and say how the Twilight series give girls an unrealistic ideal for men. To me, a man who cares about a woman more than he cares about himself, will wait for her, protects her, and loves her eternally is not unrealistic. Women have been competing with skinny models with plastic surgery all their lives. Now that’s unrealistic. Edward — that’s not unrealistic. It’s something all men should strive for — to respect and love the women they are with. I don’t see how that’s unrealistic.

    P.S. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I’ve read all your entries =]

    • Monica,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree, people fear the supernatural. The supernatural portion is one of the things I enjoyed most about the series myself: it made me come alive again to the realization that there is a God out there who isn’t bound by mortality, incorruptible, and who loves me even if it “never made sense.”

      I value the input of readers, so I’d love to hear your take on other subjects as well. What really spoke to you in the series, and why?

      In Christ,

      Sarah

  2. Well, I really love the way Stephenie Meyer writes first of all. When I heard about a vampire book series, I really didn’t think it was my thing. Until I started reading it, and then I fell in love. I think my favorite part of the book series is showing girls that they should hold out for the kind of guy who respect them, want to protect them, and values her life above his own. We live in a world where there are so many guys who just want to get in a girls’ pants, and I know girls who think the only way to get a guy is to do this for him. I feel like the Twilight series shows girls they don’t have to degrade themselves to this level in order to get a guy. I also like the self-control aspect of the book, and overcoming what the past has dealt you. With Original Sin, we were each born with temptations. But some people feel like they are no more than their temptations, so they just give in to them. I actually read something a woman posted online, which read, “Twilight helped me overcome my first month of sobriety.” Just because you’ve made mistakes in your past or because you have desires that you consider to be “bad” (as with Edward and, well, wanting to drink human blood), that doesn’t mean you can’t be more than that. The Twilight series shows that we are more than our circumstances. It shows that we can act on self-control instead of just our impulses.

    • I went to your website (http://missinspire.blogspot.com) and saw that post about Twilight helping this person into sobriety. I think that story is so moving. It’s further proof that God (while wanting to speak to everyone), speaks most often to those who are lost, “I didn’t come to call the righteous [those who have it together] but the sinner [those in need]” (Mark 2:17).
      Those who think they have it together, often don’t hear God’s voice. Those who understand their perpetual need of Him, attain Him.

      Great to hear from you, again!

      • I agree with you – he called the sinner, not the righteous. He was friends with prostitutes, tax collectors, and those who others viewed as the worst of the worst. I feel like today, many Christians have that screwed up. They think any non-Christians, other demonations, or people who do things they don’t agree with deserve to be shunned. That’s not what Jesusid.

  3. *did., not sid haha

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