I remember when Harry Potter first came on the scene. You can almost always tell if a book series is worldly because it usually becomes a craze. Whenever something becomes extremely popular in our society, the probability of it not being something a believer should partake in is likely.
Harry Potter was especially a craze a few years back. One of my children at the time was in third grade and his teacher wanted a Harry Potter book to be assigned to the class. I told the teacher my child wasn’t allowed to read that series. Unlike most people he challenged me, which to be perfectly honest, I welcomed.
We had a discussion where I shared my viewpoints and he shared his. In the end he said the rest of the class would read it and my son would get a different book. I was fine with that.
However, a few days later I learned from my son that he ended up chucking the whole thing and assigned a completely different book to the entire class. I was grateful.
I don’t say this to judge other Christians who have read Harry Potter. We all have to make personal choices that we feel is best. I happen to be very guarded about what comes into my mind and heart and I do my best to guard my children as well.
So that leads us to the next craze, the Twilight series. The book series contains vampires, occult practices and some questionable moral activity. Now others would argue that there are Christian themes that run throughout the book. This is definitely a great way to justify the reading of the series, isn’t it?
You know the Scripture about watching out for the wolves that are in sheep’s clothing? It is a warning to believers that some things will appear to be innocent on the outside, but within it’s nothing but danger.
The truth is that whatever we feed our minds with is going to influence us to one degree or another. It’s the same thing with movies that we watch and the music we listen to. Should Christians read the Twilight series? Here is something my pastor’s wife taught me that I think can be applied to many things in life.
We had a discussion about some particular music that my son was listening to. She compared music to food. Some food that you eat is very good for you. It makes you healthier. Some food doesn’t really do either. It’s just neutral stuff you consume and it really doesn’t affect you one way or another. But then there is food that is very unhealthy and can make you sick.
So we are back to the question as to whether or not Christians should read Twilight. I guess it comes down to what you choose to feed your mind with. Some believers may think that for them it’s okay. They may say that maybe for others it could influence them the wrong way but that they are spiritually stronger and won’t be affected.
Consider fruit and vegetables. Is it only good for some people and bad for others? No, it’s good for everyone. Or think about potato chips. Are they good for some and bad for others? No, they are bad for everyone.
It’s just something to think about as you ponder reading the Twilight series