BK Vampire Mormon Burgers Part II
(go here for part I)
The Invitation to Vicarious Participation and the Monster Guilt Theory
Teenage girls—even Mormon ones—could care less about theological allegories (provided Grangers analysis even has merit). What teenage girls care about are mysterious, misunderstood handsome boys. But what they’re really, really enamored with is mysterious, misunderstood girls like themselves. So while I still don’t think Wilson’s Monster Guilt Theory quite connects, he’s right to point out that story telling is about an invitation to vicarious participation. A teenage girl drawn into the world of a dark, misunderstood protagonist is just given license to…remain dark and misunderstood herself. So now she lives under the law of her guilt-ridden identity which affords her a shield from the evils of non-authentic types. And in an effort to shake the guilt of being a bratty teenager, she’ll keep telling herself when problems arise that the problem isn’t her, but them because they just don’t get it. Unfortunately, the guilt is still there, she just slithered out of it by smoke screening everyone with her “I’ve just got to be me” diva-tude. And everybody knows the self-described misfit is kinda cute at 16. Just not so much at 20 and beyond…
Vampire Authenticity VS Gospel: Gospel Wins Every Time
Authenticity is a good thing but this generation’s obsession with “being true to yourself” can get carried away. Militant authenticity boils down to the idea that nothing outside the self is as important as being honest about what you feel in the moment (thanks to Greg Ten Elshof’s analysis). And those with teenagers in their lives know that they’re deeply committed to their authenticity. Now throw a penchant to latch on to vampire themed misfit identity into the mix and the world of parenting now resembles a greased pig rodeo. Now think about the authenticity thing for a moment: if you get a hyper authentic waiter next time you go out, you will get lousy service precisely because they refuse to “act” like a waiter. As Christians, we strive for something true and worthwhile beyond ourselves. The Authenticity Ethic only blesses others when it “feels like it”. But as Galatians 3 says, Christians very much “put on Christ” as He holds our ultimate purpose and is our true identity. Obviously, the Christian life isn’t about faking it. But as we cooperate with The Spirit and imitate Christ, we are transformed.