More on the Twilight Series

31 08 2008

Somebody wrote this about the article I wrote on the Twilight series.  I feel bad because I wasn’t able to address it until now, but some of my friends have talked to them and they now feel that the books aren’t good and they won’t be reading them anymore.  I still want to talk about it because when I wrote the previous one, I don’t think I elaborated enough on my part.  And, they brought up some good points.  So, here it is:

I do agree that there are many things that pull us away from God, but just because something doesn’t give out a Godly message, doesn’t make it wrong. And just because something refers or has witchcraft in it, it doesn’t make it wrong. And just because the author isn’t Christian, it doesn’t make it wrong.

What about school? It doesn’t give out a Godly message. But it isn’t wrong. On the contrary, it helps us become educated and successful with our lives. And there are also many books that don’t give out a Godly message, but they aren’t wrong.

Look at the Chronicles of Narnia series. It has witchcraft in it, but it doesn’t go against God. It actually sends out a Godly message using witchcraft. Would you say that that was wrong?

Non-Christian people have accomplished and written many things throughout time and are still. I’m sure you’ve read many, many books by non-Christian authors. So is every single one of those books wrong?

Also, vampires are completely fantasy. There is no such thing as vampires. They are simply a figment of imagination. Yes, they suck blood, but how exactly is that wrong? Well, when they suck the blood and molest their victims and/or kill them, I understand, but a lot of books and shows depict vampires as creatures that just suck the blood to survive, and then leave them alone.

I agree that just because something doesn’t put out a “Godly” message doesn’t mean it’s wrong.  I mean, if it’s promoting ungodly issues like homosexuality, abortion, or what ever, that’s wrong.  And while I’m talking about it, some things that claim to put out a Godly message can be wrong too. 

Take The Shack for example.  I haven’t read it and I don’t plan too.  I have heard some people who have said that this book is better than the Bible because now they understand the Trinity.  They understand a twisted version of the Trinity.  The author believes in the all roads lead to heaven thing.  It also puts God on our level. 

No, school doesn’t put out a Godly message anymore, either.  It used to, though.  Until you get to things that clearly go against God’s Word, like evolution, it isn’t wrong.  But, we have to go.  We don’t have a choice.  Unless you are homeschooled, but for some of us, that isn’t an option at the time either. 

Also, witchcraft that people can try to copy is wrong.  People all over the world are trying to copy the magic in the Harry Potter series.  Rowling herself said that she looked up spells in a spell book or something like that to make them more authentic.  That is wrong.  In the Chronicles of Narnia, you can’t touch a ring and go to another world where there is an evil queen who has cast a spell over the land making it always winter.  Everybody knows that.  I don’t think there is anybody who is trying to copy that or anything else in those books.  But that is putting too many but’s and what if’s on it.  No witchcraft at all is best.   

Anyway, there are a ton of things out there that aren’t bad, they just weren’t written by Christian authors for a Christian purpose.  What makes it wrong is it’s content.  In the Twilight series (now, this isn’t the only one that has issues.  It’s just the one that everybody seems to be reading right now.), Edward, a vampire, is portrayed as a “good guy” and if he isn’t supposed to be that, he’s the character everybody is supposed to like.  We all know that if vampires were real, they wouldn’t be good or that everybody would want to be friends with.  Every vampire I’ve ever heard of in stories and such have been bad and scary creatures.  Now, all of a sudden, we have good vampires.  Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  If that isn’t clear enough, I don’t know what is!  If we start thinking that vampires, for example, are good, when they are clearly bad, then woe to us!   

And yes, I have read books by non-Christian authors.  MANY of them.  But I don’t let anybody tell me that I had to read something that went against God’s Word.  I don’t read the Harry Potter series or the Twilight series or anything else.  And this year, I have challenged myself to read only Christian books from good, Christian authors, such as Al Lacy and his wife, Joanna.  In fact, I haven’t read secular books in so long that just a minute ago, I was trying to think of an example for the books that weren’t wrong but weren’t Christian and  I couldn’t think of a single one!!!  I was happy to find that out! =)

So, I hope and pray that this answers some questions that some of you might have about the series and others like it.  I challenge ya’ll to try what I’m trying: don’t read any secular books for a whole year unless required to by a teacher.  And then, it can’t be a book that has witchcraft or other things that are out and out wrong like that in it.  Refuse to read those.  I’d love to hear from those of you who are doing it!  Tell me of the Christian books you have read after a while of doing it!  I’ll put them on the book list so other people can see it.  I’ll look forward to hearing from you!!

Love in Christ,                                                                                                                                          

Kelsea





More Than Just Physical Purity: Part Three

27 08 2008

3. Purity will bring blessings we can’t even imagine

 

Maybe now you’re thinking, “okay, so purity is good for me…in an ‘eat your Brussels sprouts’ kinda way…”  No!  With the measure of punishment for sin, there is also reward for doing what’s right.

 

Proverbs 2:6-8 – For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

 

God gives wisdom to those who seek it, He is a shield to the blameless, guards those who are faithful to Him.  God isn’t all about discipline and “thou shalt not”, He’s a God of justice, yes, but He is also the God of love, of happiness, of goodness.

 

However, we have to be following Him before He will guide and shield us.  We must surrender to Him, our will, our desires, our life.

 

A friend once told me, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”  Our ways are not His and He may have something completely different than what you want, but His way is always best.  We can’t see what’s going to happen even the next second.  God, on the other hand knows what will happen a million years from now.  Personally, I think it is best to trust God with our futures.  But that’s not always easy.  As humans, we naturally (not that it’s right) want to be in control.  We can’t stand letting other people take charge.  It’s the same way with surrendering to God.  We don’t want to because we don’t like letting others take control.  That is why we have to work so much harder at it.  But it is well worth it!

 

Being pure isn’t just about avoiding bad things, like STDs, punishment, pregnancy…  It’s about gaining everything good that is just waiting for us to snatch it.  Freedom.  Maybe you think being able to do what you want is freedom.  No, John 8:34 – Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

 

We have a choice, be a slave to sin, and be destroyed, or be a slave to righteousness (God), and inherit everlasting life. 

 

Romans 6:22 – But now that you have been set free from sin [talking to Christians here] and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

 

We have two choices, be slaves to sin, or be slaves to God.  Now, you might think being God’s slave sounds very unlike what Christianity should be, but it’s not at all what you’d think a slave would be.  God doesn’t make us his slaves, He doesn’t force us to do His will.

 

Being a slave to God’s will is something we put upon ourselves.  Being a slave to God is basically the same as saying we surrender everything to him, even our own will.  Maybe that’s a scary thought, how can we trust that He won’t say “Okay, now go move to New Mexico, wear floor-length gray dresses and never leave your house unless absolutely necessary.”?

 

God put laws in place to keep us safe.  Every law He placed that has something to do with our sexuality is to keep us safe.  One man, one woman, for life.  We shouldn’t just keep our bodies pure, but our minds, our hearts.

 

Romans 2:16 – All these things will happen on the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people’s secret thoughts. The Good News that I preach says this.

 

Imagine this:  You are standing before the Lord on Judgment Day.  You see playing before you not just the outward sins like lying or stealing, but every wrong thought, every sinful intention.  As they play, you see tears rolling down Jesus’ face, every single one of them bringing pain to Him, your own dear friend and comforter.  On His back you see the scars, one for every one of those thoughts.

 

It’s not “just a thought“, the same as it’s not “just a kiss“, not “just sex”.  It’s all sin, it’s all wrong, even the thoughts that nobody sees but you and God.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5b – and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.





More Than Just Physical Purity: Part Two

25 08 2008

2. God requires us to be pure

 

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

 

If God truly lives within us, then we do not belong to ourselves.  He bought us, with the life of His own, His only, son Jesus.  We aren’t just defiling ourselves when we commit sexual immorality, we’re defiling God himself, for we are His temple, His children.

 

 

When we became Christians, we became His children.  Think about when a child of a human parent does something wrong.  It reflects on the parents.  There used to be a t-shirt going around that said, “Don’t blame me.  Blame my parents.”  It’s the same way with God.  If we call ourselves His children, and yet we do something wrong (e.g. sexual immorality), how do others take that?  Sin weakens our witness as Christians.  Especially sin that are so big and so bold as sexual immorality. 

 

Does any child really want to hurt their parents?  I haven’t met any that have.  Why would we want to insult our heavenly Father?  Imagine a father who has just found out that his beloved daughter has made a horrible decision and that she has done some sexually immoral things.  Imagine a stooped over, weeping man, lamenting over the horrible decisions that she had made.  He still loves her, but she has cut him deep.  Now imagine that at least a hundred times worse and you have how God feels when one of His own strays.   

1 Corinthians 6:15-16 – Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”

 

Our bodies are part of Christ himself. 

 

Purity isn’t like a side issue with God.  “Oh, I’ll be pure until I feel like I’m old enough to have sex.” “Everyone’s doing it!”  “Almost nobody’s pure, it’s impossible to do, anyway.”  Maybe some of those have run through your head before, maybe they are right now.  God doesn’t care about what’s “convenient” for us.  No matter how mature, how much pressure you get from friends, how much you want to, God’s Word always should come first.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

 

God doesn’t take impurity lightly.  “Oh, John Doe slipped up.. Ah, well, a little bandage, all better, you’re forgiven.”  No.  God isn’t like some half blind and deaf, rich grandfather who only sees what you have him see.  God is all-knowing, all-powerful.  He knows every thought, every motive, every sinful intention.

 

All of us are required, if we are Christian, to not just stay away from sexual immorality, but to hate it, to not even let the desires have way in our minds. 

 

Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

Whoever even looks in lust!  This isn’t just talking about guys, but girls too.  You might think that that’s impossible…not even to look at someone with lust?  Jesus did not sin, not once.  Looking lustfully IS a sin, and we are required to not do it.

 

1 Peter 1:15-16  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

 

Ephesians 5:3-4  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

 

Now, I could go into gross detail on those last two verses alone, but I think for now you get my point.

 

Love in Christ,

Joanna

Trey Edwards left a comment on the last post asking my thoughts on intamacy in a relationship that is obviously going to lead to marriage.  I think that two people who aren’t officially promised to each other should avoid anything that would arouse a “unfitting desire” as John Piper would say.  2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee youhful passions and pusue righteousness.”  Romans 13:14 says, “Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.  

But, should the question be, “Is it wrong to kiss?”  Or should it be, “Does intamacy, even if it’s only pecking each other’s lips every once in a while, glorifying to God?  Will my witness be strengthened if I do this?”  I think the later is more fitting.  

I hope this answers your question, Trey.  I searched in the Bible, on John Piper’s website, and asked adults what they think before trying to answer.  I tried to educate myself on this before answering so that it could be more trustworthy and it could answer your question more thouroughly.  If anyone has any more questions, feel free to ask.  I’ll try to answer as best as I can. =)

Love in Christ,

Kelsea





More than Just Physical Purity

23 08 2008

This article was writen by a friend that I met on the Rebelution Forum.  She wrote this for her own blog that she wanted to get started, but offered it to me to use.  She decided that she would write for me occasionally, so you will see her name on here again.  Her article has three points, but I decided to take it one at a time.  I will also be making my own comments throughout in brown. 

 

Firstly, I have three points I’d like to make.  One, being pure is NOT just a physical thing, but is tied to our emotions, our mind, and our spirituality.  Two, God requires us to be pure.  Three, purity will bring great blessing upon our lives.  Now, I’m going to dissect them point by point.

 

1. Being pure isn’t just a physical thing, but is mental, emotional, and spiritual as well

 

Purity is more than saving sex until marriage.  Purity is not just not kissing people.  Purity is a state of mind, a guarding of your heart, an every day decision to keep yourself for one and only one person; your future spouse.

 

It is so important to make the decision EVERYDAY to keep yourself for only your future husband or wife.  If you don’t focus on it, you let down your gaurd and eventually could forget about it all together.  It must be an everyday commitment, like a New Year’s Revolution that you take everyday. 

 

Maybe some of you think that what you do now won’t really affect the rest of your life, like it’s all in a little bubble that you can cast off whenever you feel like it and never have to worry about again.  God didn’t create us to live in little “bubbles”, doing whatever we want with no consequences to us or anyone else.

 

Take, for example, smoking.  You start one day, saying “Only one won’t hurt me.  I can get out of it whenever I want to.”  The next day, you smoke another cigarette.  And another.  Soon, all you live for is that next cigarette.  You still say that you can get out whenever you want to.  The problem is, you’re addicted and can’t stop.  Finally, one day, you say, “No more.” and slowly begin to stop.  But, just because you stopped, that doesn’t mean it was just a past thing, or bubble that will just float away.  You still have to live with the extra risk of lung cancer and all that “fun” stuff.  It still comes back to haunt you.  It’s the same way with impurity.  You may stop having sex or whatever you were doing, but the guilt still haunts you.  The pain still keeps you up at night.  It’s not a bubble that will float away when you want it to. 

 

Think about this; Would you try jumping out of an airplane flying 1,000 feet above the ground with no parachute?  How about going out into the middle of the ocean, then stepping off the boat to walk on water?  Why can’t we do these things?  Because God has set up laws, the law of gravity, the law that our body mass weighs more than water.

 

In the same way, God has set up moral laws that we must obey, or there are consequences that will affect the rest of our lives.  I’m not talking about just physical things, because if it only affects us physically, then those obstacles are easy to dodge.  No, purity is linked not just to our physical body, but to our mind, our emotions.  Every time you give more of your heart to someone, you become more deeply involved with them, and it becomes harder to disentangle yourselves.

 

Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.

 

The wellspring of life.  Wellspring means source, basis.  Your heart is more than just feelings, it’s the very basis of your being.  Every time you give your heart to someone, you are literally giving yourself away, you are offering up every part of you to their discretion.

 

2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

 

What is contaminating our bodies and spirits?  Why are we not so in awe of God that we are willing to do anything to be holy before Him?  He despises those practices that we laugh at, perhaps even practice ourselves; fornication (which is having sex with anyone that you’re not married to), homosexuality, pornography, movies with very sexual overtones.

 

1 Corinthians 6:18a Flee from sexual immorality.

 

Flee.  Run from it as fast as you possibly can.  Run.

And run FAST!

 

Joanna Coleman 

 





Slow Fade

17 08 2008

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be asking older people for their opinions.  One of the questions I’m going to be asking them is what they would have liked to have known when they were our age.  I think it it so important for us younger people to soak knowledge and wisdom from the people who have already been there and have had time to think it over.  At the church I am a member of, the youth don’t really respect older people.  I think part of the reason for that is because we are never around them.  There is virtually no real contact on the parts of the younger and older people.  I think that this could be a great thing. 

Also, I am adding a music video (partly to try to figure this out =) ).  The song is called Slow Fade by Casting Crowns.  It is really good!!!  Be sure to watch it!





The Twilight Series

11 08 2008

I know many of you won’t agree with me on this, but the Twilight series is pure evil.  It has captured the hearts and minds of Christians all around the world and has twisted them around to make them want to read the books instead of the Bible.  I think there is something wrong when the slowest reader I know can read a Twilight book in less than a day when it takes them a life time to read the Bible.  A friend of mine stayed up ALL night one Saturday night reading one of Stephanie Myers’ books.  She didn’t come to church the next day because she was too tired to get up after staying up all night.  That is WRONG my friends.  Totally and completely WRONG. 

Just a few minutes ago, I did some research.  I typed in “the Twilight series from a Christian perspective” into the Google search engine.  EVERY ONE OF THE THINGS I READ WERE FOR THE TWILIGHT SERIES!!!!!!  There is something TERRIBLY and HORRIBLY wrong here.  In God’s house, the only thing most of my friends can talk about is the Twilight series!!!!  If you are going to read them, the least you can do is not obsess over them to the point that all you can do is talk about it everywhere you go!!  This Sunday, my youth leader is going to talk about the Culture and some of it’s evils.  He’s also going to talk about bringing glory to God in everything we do.  Here’s a little bit of his outline he sent us on facebook.

Colossians 3:5-17, I Thess. 5:22, Philippians 4:8, Psalm 115:1Here are some questions to ask about the things you do:

Will it build me up spiritually? I Cor. 10:23
Will it bring bondage? I Cor. 6:12
Will it defile God’s temple? I Cor. 6:19-20
Will it cause anyone to stumble? I Cor. 8:8-9
Will it further the cause of evangelism? I Cor. 10:32-33
Will it violate my conscience? (Rom. 14:23)
Will it bring glory to God? (I Cor. 10:31)

Glorify God in . . .

What you read:

Harry Potter – I have real problems with this – good mixed with evil, has Wicca influences & is endorsed by Wicca but not Christian bookstores, uses sorcery to serve self & to play around, Bible says to avoid witchcraft/sorcery & doesn’t line up with what the Bible says about good/evil, author is an unbeliever, has led some to become curious about conjuring spells, ouija boards, etc…

Twilight series – I also have problems with this – good mixed with evil, endorsed by Wicca religion, MTV but not Christian bookstores, vampires are associated with evil, no Biblical basis, thoughts of lust & erotic content, author is Mormon & believes in eternal romantic love – her playlist includes Linkin Park (her favorite band), Korn, & other ungodly bands – Here are some thoughts from others:

February 21, 2008 12:38 PM KEA said…
I’m a youth leader and decided to read Twilight after a girl from the group became somewhat obsessed with it. I’ve only read the first book- but here is my take, for what its worth.

I agree Katelynn, the book does not explicitly speak out against God or the Bible. However, it does not present a Godly message either. As a youth leader and parent of a 10 year daughter, the obsession that Bella has towards Edward is concerning. She gives up all regard for herself or her family to be with someone that she knows is dangerous. I can see high-school aged girls reading this book, longing for a relationship with someone like Edward that would not be healthy to their Christian lives.

I can see a paraellel between Edward and Satan. Satan was called the “Morning Star”, the most beautiful of angels. The lies he offers up can appear to be beautiful outwardly, all the while he is trying to cheat you out of eternity with God. Bella is so smitten with the beauty and power of Edward, she is willing to offer up her own mortality to be with him forever- even if it means losing all she is and has known.

Satan sneaks into our lives wherever he can. I don’t think reading this book is to the glory of God and I would caution parents to make sure your child was not getting hooked to the point of giving up quality time with God or family.

Just my two cents.

April 12, 2008 1:06 PM Abby said…
I read all three books in Twilight series in a three day period. I fully agree with anyone who says these books are not only well written, but absolutely brilliant. I will say this, however. After I read them, I had a very, very hard time. I experienced a lot of mental spiritual warfare and I literally felt like I was locked in the story. I immediately discerned a spirit of witchcraft on these books and it made me angry because I loved them! But I literally had to get them out of my house, that’s how bad it was.

So I went to God with it and He showed me what is going down. It isn’t obvious and it isn’t about the content of the books, it is something entirely spiritual. The spirit behind these books is identical to the spirit behind Harry Potter and the spirit behind certain music, like My Chemical Romance. Look for the things that draw obsession out of this generation and pull them away from God. I guarantee you every one of them, the major ones that are addicting to scary and dangerous measures, are a tool of the enemy to infiltrate witchcraft into the lives of an entire generation of young people.

I’m not saying this from a judgmental, outside perspective, I am speaking as someone who is very, very familiar with this sort of thing and who experienced it first hand. If you want proof, you can find dozens of Wiccan and Witchcraft websites that promote these books. Doesn’t that tell you something? And if that isn’t enough to convince you, let Isaiah do it.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
-Isaiah 5:20

The biggest thing that stood out to me was the way vampires are portrayed as “good” in Twilight and witches and wizards are portrayed as “good” in Harry Potter. It is NOT about the content of the books, people. It is about the deceptive spirit behind them.

Open your eyes

 

Love in Christ,                                                                                                                  

Kelsea





Tasteful Flirting

7 08 2008

One of my friends wrote this to one of her friends.  Her friend asked on the Rebelution if there was a such thing as tasteful flirting.  This is her answer:

I would be one of the last people to tell you to stop being friends with guys! I have some very close guy friends that are really amazing guys. (The coolest of them I have actually met on the forum.) I will also be the first person to tell you that there has to be boundaries. It can get tough, very tough, not to slip into flirty conversations. Even more when it is IM(or just regular conversations) and not just emails and projects that you are working on. Goofing around can sometimes come off as flirty and that is something I have to watch.One thing to consider is the TYPE of guys that we hang out with and are friends with. I know this from experience. It is easy to get into flirty conversations with immature guys more than guys that on fire for Christ. Most of the “friends” that are guys in my life that are more immature and flirty, we have gone our separate ways.

It is really cool to have guy friends that you can talk about theology or what you have been studying in the Bible, really having any friends that you can do that with is such a blessing. Ok, when going to my friend Josh and asking him for his opinion this is one thing he said,
“I think that kind of behavior should be reserved for one’s spouse. That kind of thing can get a little dangerous, and the morality of it is highly questionable.”
Here are some questions my mom wrote down on this topic that are meant to make people think.
What is the purpose of flirting?
What emotions/thoughts is it encouraging in a young man?
How would you feel about the same behaviors if your parents were around?
Do you think a Godly young man admires a “flirter”? (I thought it was funny that we had thought about the same point. Like mother like daughter I guess.)
Are you becoming a temptation to a young man?
Read Prov. 7 – the ungodly woman is the one who entices men to sin. (She lures him in) ~Olivia Erickson (Nobody416)

 

I asked one of my guy friends what he thought about “Tasteful Flirting.”  This is his reply:

Yes, I would say there is. But that would also depend on your definition of “a girl.” I think it is okay when it is a person whom a guy is courting, and has made perfectly clear their desire for marriage(when directed towards that person, obviously). However, if you are talking about flirtation by a girl to a guy with whom they are not currently in a relationship with, then I would say a definite no. I believe very strongly in a courting process, and that the young man should always be the one to initiate the process. If a girl is flirting, whether or not it is in a sexually seductive manner, or not, it is a clear desire expressed by the young lady to get into a relationship with the young man.So, in answer to your question, no, I do not believe that it is OK for a young lady to flirt with a young man with whom she is not in a relationship with.  ~Trey Edwards (Youth of Eternity)

 

I can’t add much more to it other than to recommend you read Proverbs.  It uses a “flirty” woman very often as a metaphor for fools and destruction. 

Love in Christ,

Kelsea M.