The vampire craze has taken the nation by storm. It’s no longer a Halloween phenomenon. Tragic love. The kiss of death. What’s the allure of the vampire story for young people today? We were made to be the temples of the Holy Spirit. God is supposed to dwell in the place of deepest intimacy in our hearts. But in this increasingly world-minded generation, and within a culture that views God as a distant, omnipotent, ethereal being, the heart has been left void. For most people, the passionate intimacy of a relationship with God is completely lost.
Our souls cry out for this intimacy! How many ways have we sought to fill the void? How much of our heart have we squandered on quick pleasures without commitment? How many have grabbed the first available partner and then tried unsuccessfully to mold him/her into what they needed? In this hectic world of social media, TV and video games, we lose the ability to form meaningful relationships with others. Without positive reinforcement from others our sense of self worth also crumbles, making us more apt to give up what is precious inside of us. The further we walk down this path, the greater the void becomes. And more than any other fictional demonic character, the vampire seeks to fill it.
“It’s just a movie,” you say. Maybe you don’t embrace the story as thoroughly as 19 year old L. Bensley who was arrested in Galveston last month for biting a woman to “feed” on her. The allure of a vampire story is not really in the blood-sucking manifestation of the walking dead; it is in the love story. So what is so appealing about this love story? Tragic love resonates with the hurt and emptiness in a person’s heart. Entertaining stories present a character and situation that you can identify with. The victim is portrayed as “clean” and pure, a person of true value; putting yourself in such shoes gives you a sense of self worth. In a sense, the victim is “wanted”, and after being bit, he/she will “belong” to the group. The victim sees the devil as love and is fulfilled through death.
So now, what do your fantasies about true love look like? Does true love pursue you to take your life, or to give you life? Does it entice you to engage in the forbidden, or does it admire and respect your integrity and purity? If your definition of love has been shaped by these movies instead of the Word of God, then these movies are not “just movies” for you. Rest assured the devil is not trying to constrain his lust for you to preserve your purity and innocence! Yes, the devil wants you and yes, if you accept his offer you will belong to his group. But you won’t be any happier than he is about where you are headed!
True love is the manifested nature of God. When you have a disagreement, love builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. Love does not wrong others. Love is patient and kind. It’s neither jealous nor proud. It neither violates what it believes is morally right, nor asks you to do so. It puts your needs before its own. It doesn’t take offense and is quick to forgive. It doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears and endures all things. It believes God and does not doubt. It abides in the expectancy of God’s goodness. Love exhibits grace and mercy.
Will you forego that kiss of death to dance with love?