Loyal readers know that I have a love/hate relationship with pastor Mark Driscoll. On one hand, I like how his church reaches out to Seattle's artsy/pierced/bohemian crowd. I love Mars Hill's worship music (Red Letter and Team Strike Force are my two favorite Mars Hill bands). And I like a lot of the things Driscoll says in his sermons.
But on the other hand, he can be a little too hardcore for me. For example, even though his penal substitutionary view of atonement is similar to mine, when Driscoll says things like, "God poured His wrath upon His son," it does sound like cosmic child abuse in a way. Plus, there is the now-infamous Avatar rant.
Well, looks like Mark is at it again, this time telling his flock to "be discerning" about the Twilight series:
Of course this is just an excerpt from a sermon, and words can very easily be taken out of context. Here's the full sermon. He doesn't mention Twilight until near the end; before that it's actually a pretty good sermon about Jesus casting out demons. But then he switches gears and starts talking about how Satan is "preaching sermons through music and film." Although for one brief second, he does tell Christian parents if their kids are reading the Twilight series, they should read the books together and talk about it.
So this leads me to my question: Should Christians be discerning about fantasy novels?
On one hand, it is kinda silly to get all bent out of shape over a fantasy book. I mean, the name of the genre alone should tell you that it's NOT REAL. Besides, I think that the Church has bigger fish to fry, like poverty and injustice.
But on the other hand, I can understand why parents would want to be cautious. A wee little one does not fully know the difference between fact and fiction, between what is real life and what is television. So I think parents should make sure their kids know the difference between fact and fiction. For example, I have a friend who explained to her daughter that the song "Friend of the Devil" is not a pro-devil song. It's just a Grateful Dead song about an outlaw. As far as I know she turned out just fine.
Actually now that I think about, if I had children I would not want them reading Twilight, but not because of vampires. I don't want my kids reading Twilight simply because it sucks. My kids will be reading The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, just like their old man!
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