Why Mark Driscoll Is Wrong about Twilight
If anything, Twilight is more idolatry than pornography. It feeds the colossal, fallen fantasy that a girl can find a savior in a boy—if only she gives up everything. The boy will only have to be a culturally prescribed masculine fantasy—strong, jealous, with iron self-control. This idolatry is built on the same platform that Driscoll stands on when he mocks "soft, tender, chick-i-fied church boys" or when he says that good married Christian women will bring the artifacts of porn—real porn, mind you—into their bedrooms to please their husbands (see Denny Burk's review of Driscoll's Real Marriage, critiquing Driscoll's recommendation of sodomy and sex toys in the marriage bed). Driscoll's platform does not distinguish between cultural norms—norms that are broken and sinful—and God's good creative will for us as creatures created, male and female, in his image.
I have written about Twilight—for teenagers, youth leaders, and parents—in my book Touched by a Vampire (a leader's guide is available for download here), and I wrote with the hope of helping the church to think biblically and faithfully about the themes in the story. My advice, for Christians thinking about this vampire romance, is modest but also hopeful. We should try to feed the godly dreams of our daughters—and our sons—not dreams about finding fulfillment in the "the one," but dreams about serving Christ as Lord and using all the talents we are given in love and witness for the kingdom. Rather than encouraging our daughters to wait for their Edward, we should encourage them to find satisfaction in their Savior.
Beth Felker Jones, author of Touched by a Vampire, is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.