If you haven’t seen the movie yet and want to, this post may ruin some of it for you. Bookmark this, go see it, and then come back and read it.
Preachable Themes From The Movie
Tolerance/Intolerance. There is a scene at the end of the movie where the Volturi are deciding the fate of Renesmee. One of the telling bits of dialogue has to do with them saying that they only tolerate what is known. They fear the unknown. And because they don’t know what Renesmee is capable of in the future, they must destroy her. Go watch the movie to get the full dialogue, but this is one of the themes that stood out and can be used to talk to students about welcoming anyone into the church; not fearing what is not like them. See Galatians 3:28.
Friendship/Loyalty. The Cullens spend a lot of time recruiting witnesses to Renesmee’s innocence. At the risk of their own “lives” the friends of the Cullens band together in a great display of loyalty. This theme is preachable because students need to know that community in the church requires depth. There needs to be loyalty beyond acknowledgment at gatherings. It takes work. It’s risky. And most often it will cost you. See Psalm 133:1.
Sacrificial Love. Throughout the movie you see many examples of Bella, Edward, and Jacob making tough, sacrificial decisions (mostly to protect Renesmee and keep her safe). This kind of sacrifice most directly points back to the Gospel. These scenes and this mega-theme can help students connect the heart of the cross. Sacrifice is sacrifice because it is deep, because it is costly, and because it is right. Jesus is the better example of this kind of love, but Twilight is a good springboard to get there if you have some twihard students. See John 16:7, John 3:16, & Galatians 3:13.