The Twilight novels have been a huge success, bringing in millions of dollars worldwide. Even christian authors are now writing “christian vampire” novels according to this article in Christianity Today. As a Christian parent, is there anything wrong with letting your children read vampire novels?
Steve Wohlberg thinks there is something wrong with this and he’s wrote a book on the subject called “Avoid Twilight”. (Download chapter 1 for free at avoidtwilight.com). I’ve not read Twilight, nor do I plan to. But here’s a quote Steve gives from the book.
“I’m the world’s most dangerous predator.
Everything about me invites you in. My voice,
my face, even my smell… I’m designed to
kill… I wanted to kill you. I’ve never wanted
a human’s blood so much in my life… Your
scent, it’s like a drug to me. You’re like my own
personal brand of heroin.” (Twilight)
Lust, drugs, blood, death and evil. I’m pretty sure this is not what Paul had in mind in Col. 3:2 when he said “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.” Now some would respond to this by saying “hey, there are bad guys in all stories, even the Bible!” Yes, every good story must have a bad guy. But one of the main problems with the Twilight novels is that the vampires are the good guys, blurring the line between good and evil.
Here’s a recent video by Pastor Mark Driscoll where he really gets going over these occult books.