Oh yes... I was excited about this weekend!!! Why - Twilight finally came out on DVD... I was so anxious for the behind the scenes stuff. Love always watching the "making" of things. So excited to see the movie again too in the comfy of my own home.
I have to say though - lately, Twilight has been quite a controversy in my life. Why? Because being a youth leader, & working with the youth seems to clash with the idea of this being a "vampire" movie.
I can understand when people say that vampires are evil or wicked, & I totally appreciate that everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it. Truly - you're not going to find anyone else more willing to listen to your opinion - doesnt mean I agree though :-)
I have heard it was strange that being a youth leader, that I went with a group of girls from church was odd. The thing for me - these girls asked me to come along, & I'll be happy to spend any time with them doing anything.... & they are the ones who recommended me read the book & got me hooked...Of course, I'm interested in what attracts these kids & was totally sucked into the story.... I can totally see why people get drawn into this.... the story of trying to find happiness - the story of a family surviving together - the story of a romantic, perfect man?
I was even given an article from a Christian magazine saying how "wrong" Twilight is in the Christian community. I have to say - the article was obviously biased & one sided & I just had to laugh & toss it aside. Again, I understood the points it was making, but if you KNOW kids are watching it & reading it - why not put an article about how you can TEACH from it instead of pointing fingers on why you SHOULDNT watch or read it? We, as Christians, know that MILLIONS of girls are watching & reading this - why judge anyone for it? Instead, find a way to reach those MILLIONS to redirect focus on another aspect of it!
That right there, I guess is my issue & my stance .... while I do believe its not a movie like "Fire proof" or "Facing the Giants" - its what the kids are watching & while it may have some issues - there are really some good things there. I am for finding the GOOD in things - not focusing on the BAD! After all - there are witches or evil in every Disney movie... what do you do with those?
I even told my fellow youth leaders that I can see incredible points that could be used as a Bible Study.
*Bella is looking to this perfect man who can offer eternal life... not saying that a vampire is the way - but cant you see where that can spurn off into a great discussion about how we need Jesus for eternal life?
*The obvious battle between good & evil....& yes, they are vampires, but the "father figure" believes they still have a soul & should do anything to protect others & they dont harm people themselves.....
*The Cullens - the good vampires - do everything they can to not "conform" to the world they are EXPECTED to be in as vampires... what a lesson there!
*The head of the family, Charlisle, was a minister before he was turned.... depth in that message - he remembers who he is - the reasons he believes he still has a soul - he has so much compassion for people
*The idea of Edward & how he is willing to protect Bella for any cost - that he is always there watching her & there to offer her security in dangerous situations.... another point to make to reflect how Jesus is ALWAYS with us - no matter where we are - & he wants to protect us - protect our hearts... I'm telling you - I can go for days with how things could be turned into something GOOD!
*And being a leader for young girls - I do want them to see an example of a man who is a gentleman - who has manners, who is not "pushing things" in a relationship - someone who has respect for his girlfriend. Edward is known as the perfect man... dont you think there'd be some qualities that you can enforce youth ladies to keep an eye out for?
*One of the biggest things for me - in the end when Bella sneaks away from the people who are protecting her in order to keep her safe. She already fled to save her dad's life - even hurt his feelings in order to make him let her go - she's willing to sacrifice herself just so everyone will not face danger... "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"..... that's what instantly came to mind.
*The fact that these characters too abstain from premarital sex is an another awesome thing to focus on....
Again, I can see what some people say - But I just like to remind people that we are surrounded by things that you could find evil in.... can you find good things in the things that are around you?
Especially if you have teens & youth - they are going to watch & do things you may not agree with!! But wouldnt it be better to be ready to find a lesson to turn their focus back on God with it....
And finally, I can guarantee you - if those girls ask me to go see "New Moon" with them... I'll be the first in line to stand there with them again ....... anyone that wants to join us, come along! :-)