One of my closest friends was in a hurry while she was shopping and grabbed the best bargain-priced top she could find. While she was standing in line waiting to check out, her teen-aged grandson looked at the blouse, then at her, and said, “Skulls, Mamaw? Really?”
She looked down at the top. Without her glasses, her over-forty eyesight thought the tiny white blobs on the peach print were little flowers. She pulled her readers out of her purse to see tiny sculls all over the blouse she was about to buy. I’ve had quite a few chuckles every time I think about this story because I can relate to it in so many ways . . . the hurried-shopping-merchandise-grab, the blind-without-readers-challenge, but her grandson’s reaction is what I most resonate with: Skulls . . . Really?
That’s my question today for you . . . can someone please explain to me why we are celebrating death with our apparel, with our music, with our art?
Skulls . . . really?
I’m not trying to be “legalistic” or picky, or a cranky out-of-touch old lady . . . really, I’m not. I am sincerely asking for insight and wondering if someone can help me out with some confusion I’m having. Can anyone explain to me how symbols of death, dark, gothic-type apparel and the blood-sucking-vampire craze coincides with new life?
I see it everywhere: sculls on baby clothes, bones and blood on toddler accessories, death and mayhem on every toy aisle. We are a culture that’s enamored with death; celebrating it, supporting it, and wearing it.
I understand why the culture embraces and supports death . . . because death is the “Mode of Operation” for the prince of this world:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy . . .” (John 10:10)
I understand why Christ-rejecters would be drawn to the darkness:
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
But what I don’t understand is why those who claim to be followers of Jesus, Who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” the One who came to give us eternal and abundant life . . . why would anyone who follows the Life-giver be drawn to anything resembling darkness or death?
Skulls . . . really?
Vampires . . . really?
Fascination with death . . . really?