I am a little behind when it comes to commenting on the Twilight series, but with the recent movie Eclipse still in theaters (and more to come), I figure it’s not too late to put down a few things I have been thinking about for a while.
There is a hunger and thirst in all of us, and it goes much deeper than what we eat and drink. Look at the recent Twilight phenomenon. The brilliance of what Stephanie Meyers accomplished is not in setting a new trend in popular culture, rather it was in tapping into something that had been simmering below the surface for some time, particularly in young girls and young-at-heart women. And she did it through the use of vampires and werewolves. Who would have thunk it? Why have these classic monsters struck such a chord? It’s because the Twilight series characterized them in a way that portrayed the two great appetites of our culture.
The vampire (i.e. Edward) represents the thirst for sensual pleasure. A romanticized lust that is endearing and eternal characterizes the relational attraction. The werewolf (i.e. Jacob) represents the hunger for power. There is a raw energy and strength that drives the attraction. Set before the eyes of our girls and women the images of romantic love or wild, untamed strength and you have millions of beating hearts wishing they could be so lucky as Bella to have those two choices.
The hunger for life and the thirst for pleasure is not new. It has been with us since the garden. God created us in this way and called it good. Eating and drinking has always been a matter of life or death. Eating and drinking has always been a source of pleasure or pain. Our hungers will tell us where we are looking for salvation. Our thirsts will tell us where we are looking for satisfaction. I do not want my daughters seeking after beastly power to save them or sensual romance to satisfy them. I want them hungering for the strength that comes from the Bread that was broken and the joy that comes from the Blood that was given. Only Jesus can both save and satisfy in this life and beyond, world without end, Amen.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”- Mt.5:6
“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”- Jn.6:33
“Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’”- Jn.7:37