[“hotel transylvania” christianity]

[“hotel transylvania” christianity]

I watched Hotel Transylvania today. It’s a cartoon about Count Dracula and his obsession to keep his lovely daughter Mavis away from humans who might hurt her. He even got as far as to build a fake village nearby in order to instill a dislike for all non-monster folk out there.

As I thought about dad’s desire to protect, I wondered… how often we do the same thing as Christians?

We have special private Christian schools and universities, we try to read Christian books, we watch Christian movies, we have Christian friends…

Are we afraid the world will hurt us and our kids?

Yes.

It will.

But the same time it will hurt them whether we protect them or not.

And if we hide the world from their reach for long enough, it will scar them much deeper because of the shock they will experience.

I really have this thing against monasteries. I think it’s a coward’s way. (It’s my opinion, I do not force it on anyone.)

If we hide from the world and stay in our little cozy comfortable Christian zone… how will other people get saved?

How did we get saved in the first place?

Jesus came into the world.

The world.

Not just to His good friends, who, He was sure, would not hurt Him.

He came into the world. And yes, got hurt by the world. Got killed by the world.

Yet… without Him here, among us, sinners, we would be hopeless.

So knowing this… how can we hide? How can we afford to remain within the walls of our Churches? How can we look at ourselves in the mirror when all we think about is how bad is the world outside.

Just thoughts drifting through my mind.

  • thesauros

    I’ve had the exact same struggles at various times in my life. I’ve lived and worked in the “world.” I’ve lived and studied in a “bubble.” I know the issues. However, what I wonder is, Is there a difference between protecting myself and protecting my children?

    I’ve been a follower of Jesus for 32 years. Made all the mistakes. Learned and grown and been transformed and conformed. I can handle the world. I’m secure in my faith that Jesus will not leave me or give up on me. But my kids. My kids. In our retirement we’re raising two 12-year-olds, two 11-year-olds, and one 8-year-old – all special needs, low intellectual kids. All at an age when both sides agree that they are entering their most impressionable years. When they are at their most teachable (vulnerable).

    Do I expose them to the one looking for someone to devour? To steal, kill and destroy?

    Within the last month we’ve had the opportunity to move to a Christian College campus and so we’ve struggled once again with these same issues – ugh. The kids really want to move and we’ve told them things like,
    “But then you won’t know what it’s like to live with those who don’t know Jesus.” “Then you won’t get to practice saying “No” to the wrong and “Yes” to the right.” “Then you won’t get to practice loving those who mock you for what you believe.”

    They get it – sort of – but . . .

    Thanks for the post.
    God Bless

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Thesauros.

      I have to admit that I have been speaking from a position of a person who does not yet have kids. I know that I would really try to protect them from the bad influence of the world, but I have been raised “in the world” so to speak (while my mom is a pastor, I went to a usual school – mainly because there were no Christian options at the time right after USSR fell apart and although I went to a “Christian” college, only 10% of people there were actually Christians, so not different from any other universities really)…

      It’s a hard choice, but I think if we set a good example for our kids and help them to learn to love the people “out there,” they will grow strong.

      Thanks again. It is something to think about.

  • The struggle you write about lil sis has, is, and will continue to be a point of disagreement, er discussion, among followers of Jesus. I have less difficulty with home schoolers who are doing it for a better education than i do with those who are doing it to “keep my kids out of public school because of the influence.” Give me a break! They will be influenced one way or another and unless they are grounded in their faith, it won’t matter. But you are right…how can we influence w/o exposure? Ask the Amish. Zilch.

    • “They will be influenced one way or another, and unless they are grounded in their faith, it won’t matter” – exactly my point, Bill.

      Thanks for stopping by, Big Brother 🙂 Love ya!

  • Susan

    I home schooled our children, but we did get out and about often. We volunteered at a nearby historic site, and had many field studies in diverse places. The salt is no good to anyone if it stays in the salt shaker!

    I have become more and more concerned about the lack of impact of the Christian culture. It’s not healthy, and it’s not our calling. Good post, Zee.

    • The salt is no good to anyone if it stays in the salt shaker! – that phrase hit the nail on the head, Susan.

      Thanks for the input!

%d bloggers like this: