Happy Twilight Tuesday! I’ve just finished New Moon and am on chapter 3 of Eclipse, but there were a few things in book 2 of the saga that I found quite interesting. This is one of them:
Love didn’t work that way, I decided. Once you cared about a person, it was impossible to be logical about them anymore. ~ New Moon, p. 303
This is after Bella has found out that Jacob is a werewolf but before she learns that werewolves don’t kill humans. She is battling with what to do about her best friend’s new monstrous murder spree. Her decision—to love him anyway.
If you’ve read Spotlight: A Close-Up Look at the Artistry and Meaning of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga you will know that because of Meyer’s faith background, biblical parallels run all throughout the Twilight series. Here, Bella (the Christian-Everyman/Bride of Christ figure) decides that no matter who Jacob is or what he has done, she is going to love him and help him the best she can.
Isn’t that what Christ called the Church to do? We are not to stand and point a finger. We are to kneel and grab a hand to help those around us—no matter who they are or what they’ve done. We are to love.
Today, I read this passage about Jesus that I think is a great example of how we are to treat people both in and outside the Church:
Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” ~ Mark 2 NLT
Jesus didn’t judge people, he loved them. Anyone and everyone who allowed/allows him to, he loved/loves. Should we be the same? After all, Christ commanded us to love God and love others.