Zombies are among us! We must prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse! Apparently this is a serious enough situation that the US Centers for Disease Control posted an article on their website on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/
The website Howstuffworks (http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/zombie4.htm) also provides advice on surviving a zombie attack. One of the common mistakes to avoid was this gem, “Giving your only weapon to anyone who is hysterical.” This is a surefire way to lose your battle with zombies. And Cracked.com documents “5 scientific reasons a zombie apocalypse could actually happen.”
What are we to make of all this. While many Christians dismiss the idea entirely, we must tread carefully. Even the Bible speaks of “a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.” And King David said that, “evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh.” This certainly seems a clear indication of the existence of zombies, even back then. So while I am not a zombie-ologist. I did a little research into the topic and what I found was fascinating. (Stay with me here, I’ll get to the good stuff soon).
There are two types of zombies. The first are the “traditional” zombie of Haitian voodoo practice which are corpses re-animated by a sorcerer. These zombies are completely under the control of the sorcerer to do his bidding. There is no indication that they eat brains or flesh, but simply go about obeying their master for whatever evil plan he may have. The second type of zombie is the one made popular by recent movies and books. These zombies result from space radiation or a virus or some strange event. These are the slow, lumbering zombies, unthinking and driven only to eat other humans. In some cases, these zombies can cause regular humans to turn into zombies through a bite or scratch, thus creating a world-wide zombie pandemic, thereby precipitating the apocalypse. Interestingly enough these zombies are afraid of light.
OK, let’s get serious now. I don’t actually believe in zombies as depicted either in movies or voodoo. I don’t believe that flesh eating corpses will take over the world. And I don’t believe that the Bible verses I quoted above actually refer to zombies but are instead figurative descriptions of evil men. I do, however, believe that the dead ARE walking among us. People cursed and under the control of an evil being, blindly following his dictates, unthinking and unaware of their own condition, driven by their own appetites and avoiding the Light. Listen to what Scripture has to say:
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 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. (Eph 2:1-3)
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4)
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things (Phil 3:18-19)
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Tim 3:1-4)
These are the real undead. People blind to the light of Christ. Dead spiritually, dead to God, yet still walking about, living their lives unaware of their own deadness. Call them zombies if you will. And the coming apocalypse is real, not that zombies will take over the world but that Christ will return to claim His own and judge unrighteousness – zombie-ism will be destroyed.
Remarkably there is good news for these zombies. It is possible to become fully alive:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead [zombies] in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved (Eph 2:4,5)
“Awake, O sleeper [zombie], and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Eph 5:14)
The power of Christ can and will come into the life of anyone who asks and they can be set free from their blindness, their slavery and their deadness. No voodoo sorcerer, rogue virus or Sin can stop the saving grace of Christ. So next time you see a friend caught in the shackles of satan, point them to the Light and there will be one less “zombie” walking this earth.