BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and sent Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful EDWARD CULLEN. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance — unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right — VAMPIRE. But he doesn't have fangs — that's just in the movies. And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice.
“To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for — a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy.”*
Of course the vast majority of you reading this already knew about the highly anticipated Twilight movie - right? Kind of like a combo of Dracula and Romeo and Juliet, this story has captured the attention and hearts of literally millions of teens.
And you also know about the unique choice the Cullens have made in terms of being vegetarian vampires - i.e., not drinking human blood. Sure, it smells great to them, but on moral principle they abstain because of the harm that comes from partaking.
So what about the idea of a ‘Christian Cullen’? No, obviously not a decision to abstain from drinking human blood - I’m kinda assuming most if not all of you don’t really have an issue with this area.
But there is another area that is definitely an issue with teens. In a word…sex. Whoa - just wait a second! Am I saying that having sex is like a vampire drinking blood? Well, if it is taking place outside of marriage, yes.
Actually it’s not me saying it. It’s God’s Word:
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
I’ve heard many Christians claim that all sin is the same in God’s sight. While technically true in the sense that all sin breaks God’s standards for life, this passage makes an obvious category distinction:
No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
In other words, when you violate God’s perfect design for sex in terms of it being made for marriage only, it is like draining your own spiritual blood and the blood of another. Just like you cannot jump out a window and expect gravity not to kick in, you also cannot have sex outside of marriage and not expect very serious and permanent consequences. I’m not just talking about the risk of disease - because that is minor compared to the guarantee that you murder a part of yourself and someone else when you ‘hook up.’
So what would a ‘Christian Cullen’ be? I think you’ve figured it out. It’s a Christian who - even though they are attracted to another person - decides to abstain from sex until marriage because he or she knows that breaking God’s design is very much like draining blood.
Listen - making a commitment to save sex until marriage will NOT lessen your enjoyment in relationships. It will NOT mean that you are weird or too scared.
It WILL mean that God will bless your decision and give you an enjoyment of sex in marriage that the ones who gave it away will never know.
And if you have already made that mistake - the great news is that with a change of heart and a prayer for forgiveness, you can be made whole by God’s love and power.
Who’s with me for a ‘Christian Cullen’ movement?
Head: The Bible warns against pre-marital sex not because God doesn’t want us to enjoy it - but because it was designed for marriage. When we break that design, there are serious consequences.
Heart: Feel excited that one day you will be able to enjoy sex in the way it was designed.
Hands: Talk to your parents and/or youth leaders about your commitment to purity and how they might be able to help you reach your goal.
Lane Palmer serves as a writer for Dare 2 Share Ministries (D2S) in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry committed to energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. For more information about D2S, please visit www.dare2share.org.