CCS Position on
“Twilight” The increasingly popular „TWILIGHT‟ books, movies and affiliated accessories will NOT be allowed at CCS. Further, students are not permitted to discuss at school any TV shows or movies depicting anti-Christian or sinful activities or plots. (Parent/Student Handbook, pg 26) This rule applies to all aspects of the “Twilight” books, movies, etc. The following two articles are included in this year’s Open House packet because we feel that the Twilight series is a significant enough threat to our children that we must inform you! These articles are also provided to explain why we take position stated above.
Article #1: Beware Of “Twilight Saga” January 19, 2009 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service)
The Twilight Saga is a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer describing an illicit romance between a teenage girl and a vampire. The four books have sold more than 17 million copies, been translated into 20 languages, and spun off a new movie that grossed $70 million in its first week. Twilight has become a pop culture phenomenon hotter than Pottermania, promoting midnight release parties and vampire proms, obsessed fans called Twi-hards, and spawning more than 350 fan sites online that claim more than 100 million hits. The series is about a sophomore teenage girl named Bella who moves to a new town and falls in love with a handsome vampire named Edward. Though 108 years old, he appears to be 17. The story is about their intoxicating infatuation for each other and the consequences of a lustful vampire/mortal romance. Edward is a member of a “coven” of vampire family members that are depicted as “good.” The shocker is that many Christians are attracted to this spiritually dysfunctional romance and are attempting to give Christian applications to its demonic premise. No matter how resplendent the “vampire” is portrayed in mythology and fiction, in Scripture blood drinking and creatures of darkness are judged as despicable by God. Distortion of the purpose of blood is a satanic mockery of God’s intent for the sacredness blood represents. Scripture teaches, “Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life...” (Deut. 12:23) and “in the shedding of blood is the remission of sins.”
Meyer “received” the story of Twilight in a dream on June 2, 2003. The vision compelled her to start writing the story immediately. She says she had an additional dream after Twilight was finished when her vampire character Edward came to speak to her.
Article #2: „Twilight‟ Books Send the Wrong Message Article by Mark Earley, President of Prison Fellowship Ministries
Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series has been getting a lot of press lately – especially since the fourth book in the series, titled Breaking Dawn, was released on August 2 to huge sales. And in November, the movie version of the book (appeared in) theaters nationwide. The message you might have heard is that these teen romances take a strong stand against sex before marriage and are therefore a great way to get that idea across to kids. But, there are other messages in the Twilight books that are downright alarming, and you and I need to know about them. The basic storyline is this: A teenage girl named Bella falls in love with a mysterious, much older vampire named Edward. She wants to become a vampire like him so they can be together forever. He refuses to have premarital relations with her, and that’s the message that many parents and educators are concentrating on, and feeling good about. What they’re failing to notice is this: Bella is completely without self-confidence. She’s constantly putting herself down and treating her boyfriend as some superior being, using terms like “god” and “angel” to describe him. She looks down on herself just for being human, and wants to lose her humanity as soon as possible. In turn, the vampire Edward has disturbing habits like sneaking into Bella’s room and watching her sleep, eavesdropping on her and her friends, encouraging her to deceive her father, and even disabling her truck and kidnapping her to keep her from seeing other friends. Put all this together, and you have one very unhealthy relationship – and this is what’s being viewed by far too many teens and adults as the greatest romance since Romeo and Juliet. Just to cite one of the most obvious concerns, we’re living in an age of Internet predators, where it’s easier than ever for criminals to reach teenage girls and lure them away from home. And here we have these books celebrating a girl who‟s willing to throw away her family, her friends, her identity, and her life for a stalker with controlling, even abusive tendencies. Is this really something parents should be pushing? Are we trying to create a generation that’s naïve, gullible, and lacking in self-worth, or a generation of intelligent, strong young people who can stand up for themselves and for what is right? I want my daughters to practice purity, but I want them to do it because they know and embrace God’s will, and because they understand that they’re created in God’s image and have infinite worth and value. I don’t want them to do it – or to do anything – because they have no will of their own and are being dictated to by some boyfriend who makes them feel inferior. And I certainly don’t want them idolizing a character in a book who lets herself be treated that way.
May the Lord give us wisdom as we endeavor to rear children with a heart to please the Lord and honor Him with their lives!