As a Christian and bible teacher I am pretty well known in many nations. I have done work in Israel, Canada, The United States, El Salvador, India and Ceylon. I served as a missionary in The Philippines. And I have experienced some of the most astounding supernatural events, witnessed by hundreds of people all over the world.
A question that has come up more than a few times is why I watch The Vampire Diaries so much. "How could you, as a servant of Christ watch that show?"
For a long time even I did not understand why I was so taken by the show. There is quite a bit of blood and gore. And yet week after week I found myself racing home to watch it. Especially after the introduction of Klaus and his family. Wow! Finally this summer I found the answer. Actually I discovered that there were two reasons I really enjoy the show.
The first reason is The Vampire Diaries is a classic genre, no different than King Arthur, Troy or the story of King David. Every classic of this genre has three elements.
There must be a hero or heroine. There must be a villain or great challenge to overcome and there must be a princess or beautiful lady to save. Romance has always been essential to a great story.
The Vampire Diaries has all of these elements and much more. In some ways you could say that there are two heroes; Stefan and Damon, depending on how you view Damon. Klaus and Katherine would certainly be the classic evil villains and of course Elena is the beautiful maiden that we all want to rescue.
My second reason is I really identify with the characters. Stefan is what really attracted me to the show.
Stefan is this really cool guy, the classic hero who like David and Samson has this constant battle against his dark side. And in my own life I have learned how bitter and difficult that battle can be. And like so many heroes of the past Stefan is willing to sacrifice everything for his true love the beautiful Elena Gilbert.
Damon is like this no nonsense, in your face guy who would be a great warrior in any time period. And yet he can be as romantic as any man could be.
And then you have Bonnie who uses supernatural power to help her friends. If we combine all of the above with fantastic story lines, excellent scenery and some really beautiful women like Caroline and Rose. Well what more can I say!
Should a Christian watch The Vampire Diaries? I expect it would depend on your point of view. As for me the Characters have given me a great deal of inspiration.
Now I just need to find the Elena or Caroline in my life!