You guys have NO IDEA how torn I was about posting this image. I am forever grossed out.
One of the most popular television programs airing today is “The Walking Dead.” If you’ve never heard of it then it probably means you’ve been living underground. Accordingly, it’s a horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont whose lead character, sheriff deputy Rick Grimes, awakens from a months-long coma to confront a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Grimes reunites with his family and becomes the leader of a group he forms with other survivors.
I watched approximately five minutes of the first episode a few years back. The moment I heard the sound of flies buzzing in the background while seeing those unforgettable soft pink fluffy house slippers standing underneath an abandoned car, presumably worn on the feet of a zombie little girl – I dashed out of the room along with my open-mindedness to this particular TV series. My husband thinks I’m hilarious because I have to leave the room whenever a disclaimer of, “Viewer Discretion is Advised” comes across our television. He has watched almost every episode since then while I hurriedly excuse myself to my quiet zombie-free zone in my bedroom. I can’t handle zombies, people. They freak me out.
To me, it’s as though these Hollywood screenwriters are following the biblical narrative spoken by our Heavenly Father. According to the apostle Paul, we should all consider ourselves the “Undead” or zombies, in a sense, until we are *rescued.
Ephesians 2:2-7 says, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air (the devil), the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
I cannot help but to read this scripture and understand that it describes our “Zombie-ness” perfectly before our *salvation. I imagine that just prior to each of our *rebirth, we actually looked equally horrifying to God as these “undead” beasts look to us. I mean zombies are disgusting, flesh eating, selfish, and unstoppable evil creations. Yep, sounds like all humanity.
How often do we go to work, attend our churches, and drive through our communities seeing all the outwardly beautiful people not realizing that inwardly, they have a disease that causes them to seek nothing but things that feed their flesh. They unknowingly continue to nourish it which is actually killing them more. Like unreasoning animals seeking a vision of a perfect life without a helper, wearing tailored suits and “red carpet” dresses they live their lives deceiving themselves as the reach deeply into this world. Unwittingly, they work all along in the spirit of the prince of the power of the air (Satan). According to traditional folklore there’s only one way to actually kill these zombies – and well, we won’t go there. To kill the real zombie in all of us is to recognize that God does not lie. He is telling us the truth in His Word (the Bible). He is telling us that we are indeed sinners – who are actually so bad off that we cannot save ourselves without an outside source. And that source is only Him. God even sent His son, Jesus Christ, into the world to live a sinless life and to be crucified on a cross for the sins of the world. Jesus willingly died for the punishment of our sins. God raised Jesus from the dead and promised us the same reality if we confess these truths.
My prayer is that you will consider all your options. Think about your life. Think about what monopolizes your thoughts. Think about the reality that on our own – we are unable to stop walking around seeking the passions of the flesh (even though instinctively we know it is killing us). If you agree with these concepts…I ask you to reach out to our great God of Heaven asking Him to make these things known to you.
With all this in mind…I will continue to consider how I act daily, how I love others, and whether or not I can humbly die to my selfish ambition. Daily, I will ask myself, “Am I still trying to feed a long since dead man that God has already “put down” or am I seeking the ways of my Heavenly Father? I pray the latter!
*Salvation – How to Kill the Zombie and have eternal life
John 20:21 says, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Romans 10:8-11 says, “But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”