Remember “Night of the Living Dead?” I do. And it seems like zombies are trending again in a big way. But I’m thinking of this trend not in our movies, culture or teen video games; I’m seeing it in the modern Church. Here is an excerpt from an article by a frequent guest of ours, Scott Alan Buss, who sees it too:
While George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is widely credited with the inauguration of the modern zombie concept, a strong case can be made for none other than God the Spirit through His perfect written Word as the original author of zombie mythos. After all, it is His hand that wrote of the true nature of fallen man in such startlingly vivid, much-better-than-Technicolor detail, that many who read it simply cannot endure prolonged exposure to the picture that it paints. They recoil and they resist. They object and they protest. Such is the horror of fallen man’s reality.
Scripture paints a picture of fallen men and women in this real world that is far bleaker than the shambling hordes of “living dead” that dot the landscapes imagined by the likes of George Romero. It’s not even close, really.
Consider for yourself the following truths concerning fallen men and women as revealed in Scripture:
- Fallen men and women are spiritually dead. Not spiritually “wounded” or spiritually “hobbled” or spiritually “critical”, but spiritually dead.
- Fallen men and women, though spiritually dead, are physically animated for a time. Thus, they walk and wander the countryside, so to speak, doing whatever appeals to their spiritually dead, flesh-obsessed nature.
- Fallen men and women love the flesh. It is what inspires them and what they constantly strive to both feed and feed upon.
- Fallen men and women have a burning passion to gnaw, maul, and generally obliterate all that is truly holy and good – particularly the spiritually living.
- Fallen men and women, while they shamble about and seek to fulfill their (fallen) natural desires, have absolutely no awareness of a higher world or calling of any sort. They only see what their dead nature allows them to see. They are bound and their wills are defined by this dead nature, and they act accordingly.
- Fallen men and women can do nothing to save themselves from this state. They…are…dead.
Where the biblical account of zombie nature deviates from the more contemporary Romero spin on the concept is that one of the greatest longings and habits of actual zombies is for the formation and promotion of religion.
And it is here where one of the brightest, boldest, and most important battle lines is drawn.
On one side are zombies. They are completely dead spiritually, self-obsessed slaves to sin, lovers of the flesh, and haters of holiness and its Author.
On the other side are supernaturally regenerated “new creatures” in Christ. They are slaves to Christ, Gospel-fueled, lovers of the Lord and His truth. They are called and empowered to wage war against all that would stand in opposition to Him.
It is important to note that everyone is a member of one group or the other, and that every member of Group B was once a member of Group A. In other words, every single member of “Team New Creature” was once an obliviously content, spiritually dead and doomed member of “Team Zombie”…until the hand of God intervened, moving them out from one camp and into the other.
The one and only determining difference between the zombie and the new creature is the grace of God. This truth, when held closely, will be of great assistance as we consider the subject of zombie evangelism.
Scott Alan Buss is a frequent guest on SUFTT. He is the author of several books including a new one titled The Beginning of Knowledge: Christ as Truth in Apologetics. Check out Scott’s blog here, as well as his other books, “Fire Breathing Christians: The Common Believer’s Call to Reformation, Revival, and Revolution” and “Apathetic Christianity: The Zombie Religion of American Churchianity.”