Friday, January 24, 2014

How can a sinful cultures fascination with zombies point us to God?

At church we are currently in a series on Romans. In Romans 11:33-36 Paul talks about how all things are from Jesus and through Jesus and to Jesus. Which makes me ask "all things?" Now I am not a fan of horror movies or books or anything of that genre. As a Christian I think I can justify that by pointing to God's call for us to dwell on things that are beautiful in Philippians 4:8. But I can't help but think that even in the culture's fascination with zombies there is a great reminder for us. I don't know much about zombies but I do know they are the living dead. How can that point us to God. We live among a people that the Bible tells us is spiritually dead (Rom. 8:10, Eph. 2:1). Even though they are spiritually dead they continue to live physically in this world. If nothing else I believe the world embraces the idea of zombies because they are in a spiritual sense like them. And like zombies moving together, they serve their father the devil without even being conscious of it. Rather than simply being repelled by the things in our world perhaps we should ask if the base things we see are perhaps a reflection of what is already in the heart of men. This should make us grateful that we have been made alive in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 6:11). Perhaps even this could be an entry into a conversation that could help someone come to new life in Christ. This is one more backhanded way our sinful culture can remind us to live a life focused on God. What are some other ways our culture's fascinations point out their fallen state and remind us to look to God?

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog just now because I am quite drawn by the title of the blog because I have wanted to learn more about the practical Christian life in contemporary times and how we can apply the teachings in the Bible on our daily lives.

    Then I scrolled down a bit and saw this post and recently I have been thinking about whether I should stop watching this TV series about zombies because I thought that it may become a hindrance to my spiritual growth in Christ but I like how you related the concept of zombies to being spiritually dead and how most people today are like these zombies who thrive only by their instinct and primal desire to eat human flesh.

    I guess the emergence and popularity of such may indicate that the world needs Jesus more than ever especially with the intensity and rapidity of the events that happen in the world today. I think we need to be more aware of what we see, hear, and generally experience and scrutinize them carefully so that we do not fall and become like one of the living dead who have no direction in life because Jesus is not in them.