The monster within

29 Jul

Though there will always be those lines of dialogue that make me cringe and make up my own, the movie ‘Twilight’ continues to move me.  Vampires are a terrific vehicle to tell this story through.  I touched on this in my previous post, but the concept has continued to consume me.

Vampires are monsters.  Pure and simple.  Edward knows it.  Bella knows it.  You and I know it.  But here is what this little tween flick won’t let me forget.  This story isn’t about the humans.  It’s about the monsters.  It’s about us.

Every single one of us is a monster.

It’s called sin.  Christian or not, we’re all bitten from the time we are born, through no choice of our own.  But then the “thirst for blood” becomes so great that eventually we do make our own free choice to do something that hurts someone else or God.  We become a monster living inside a human shell.  We become separated from God without any hope of reconciliation to Life (except through Jesus Christ).  One bite is all it takes to separate us.  Doesn’t matter what any other day brings or any other good things we do to try to make up for it.  There’s no going back.

Just like Edward.

Edward doesn’t want to be a monster, but he can’t go back.  He is one.  So how does he cope with it?  How does his family of monsters cope with it?  How does the town of Forks, WA, still exist with the Cullen clan living in its midst?

Vampires kill people to drink their blood, but Edward Cullen and his family are “vegetarian” vampires.  They survive on the vampire equivalent of tofu — the blood of animals.  The Cullens spend decades, centuries refraining from feasting on human blood out of compassion for humankind.  Dr. Cullen tells Bella in ‘New Moon’ that helping heal humans is what brings him happiness.

What is it that brings you happiness?  Is it something that only brings good to you or does it bring good to someone else?

It’s not the good deeds of the Cullens that redeems them.  It is their belief that there is something far more important than their own appetites.  Is it time for a fast in our lives?  Not necessarily from food, but from some thing or things that we crave without any thought for what it does to someone else or to God?  I’m so convicted writing this I can barely keep my fingers moving over the keyboard.

Because of a film.  Because of a vampire.  I’m convicted.

So how do we cope with being monsters ourselves?  Every day still brings choices.  More opportunities to make more choices.  Some will be easy for us — like the Cullens just choosing to stay at home on sunny days.  Some will be very difficult for us — like Edward choosing to go back to school when all he can think about is drinking Bella’s blood.  He’ll never have a soulmate if he doesn’t make the right choice.  And we will never have the things that really matter if we don’t make the right choices.

To judge the film because of the kind of monsters in it is, as Jacob points out in ‘New Moon,’ hypocritical – “Am I not the right kind of monster for you?”  There are plenty of monsters in “acceptable” fiction (Moriarty, for one), and in the Bible as well (anyone ever heard of Amnon?).  ‘Twilight’ isn’t telling kids that they need to go suck someone’s blood.  It isn’t telling kids they need to go join a coven or go find a pack of werewolves to run with.  It is telling kids there are consequences for their choices.  It is telling kids that they can respect one another’s bodies and minds.

Maybe it won’t be your favorite film.  Maybe you won’t need to see it more than once like me.  That’s ok.  I’m not saying everyone should be a Twihard (nor that I am).  All I’m saying is that this fairy tale may be the one thing that speaks to that screaming tweenie.  And how we deal with our own monster within may be the only thing that speaks any louder.

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2 Responses to “The monster within”

  1. Cindy July 30, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    I’ve never seen the film, but I love what you said about it. Convicting, for sure. That thought is sticking with me right now. Love you sweet friend!

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