Zombies And Christians

Posted on October 16, 2011. Filed under: Culture |

Zombie Walk (085) - 31Oct09, Paris (France)

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After I wrote about my DVR dilemmas, I got several inquiries into what shows I watch. What show do I think is wholesome, heartwarming, charming, and still manages to be entertaining. I’m still looking for that show, but in the mean time I’m looking forward to season two of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Who wouldn’t like a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller featuring a group of people who couldn’t survive as contestants on “Double-Dare” being led through suburban Georgia by a deputy sheriff who by all accounts appears to be sending everyone to certain doom? I certainly don’t know anyone.

Now, I’m not sure if the writers had this in mind, but I started thinking, this show is an excellent allegory for life as a Christian. Not because we from time to time (or if you’re Catholic, weekly) eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ. That would make us the bad guys with our only hopes of being cast in one episode before we were blown up, shot, or impaled in some other way.  Nope, we’re the stars; the helpless survivors surrounded by an ever-increasing population of dead seeking only to quench their thirst for the flesh. The only difference (yup, the one and only) is we once were among the dead until we realized fulfilling our cravings never leaves us full, only longing for more.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts…” (Eph 2:1-3b).

Like the zombies, we were alive in some sense living day to day, surrounded by others like us, and seemingly enjoying life. But when you got right down to it, we realized we were just “walking dead.” Instead of meaninglessly meandering, we surrendered our life to Christ who made us alive in Him (Rom 6:4).

Though I don’t think we need to avoid the zombies to the extent they do on the show, I do think we should have a healthy respect for the repercussions of surrounding ourselves with zombies and a zombie-like lifestyle. But as any fan of these thrillers can attest, it really isn’t the full-blown “walkers” you need to worry about – those you can spot from pretty far away. It’s those among us who parade as survivors while they secretly tend to a deadly bite that will slowly but surely turn them. These people are more likely to take us back to a life of the flesh and give “walkers” an inaccurate picture of what being alive really means. But unlike the show’s leader, our leader has a master plan. He can help us identify the fake survivors and cure them of their infectious disease before it spreads to others. He also doesn’t look like glorified mall cop.

Unlike the characters in zombie movies, we have the ability to heal the “zombies” in our lives, and we are not required to shoot them in the head.  Perhaps we should strive to live differently than the zombies, while continuing to protect the survivors.

As always, I’m eager to hear advice on how to best handle our zombie apocalypse.


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What about days of our lives? It is certainly wholesome (marlena) heartwarming, charming, and certainly entertaining! Lessons learned constantly! I mean now I know what to do if stefano dimera ever steals my identity and locks me away somewhere while I wait for John black to rescue me

[…] we supposed to be blood-thirsty man-eaters? Well what else would you expect from a religion with a zombie god-king? On the contrary, each of these men (and women) received their strength from God and acted […]

[…] we supposed to be blood-thirsty man-eaters? Well what else would you expect from a religion with a zombie god-king? On the contrary, each of these men (and women) received their strength from God and acted […]

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