I have a confession to make. I’m a little ashamed about it, too. I don’t know if you saw the new show Walking Dead on AMC, but it was really really good. The latest news that Season 2 will hit until the fall. Sheesh! I guess I’ll have to be patient. If you haven’t guessed, I love the zombie genre. In fact, I have a slight addiction to it/them.
Is that wrong?
Is this forbidden ground for a Christian? An ordained minister? There’s no avoiding it, I like movies about the living dead It just sounds wrong, but I can’t help it. I’ve seen them all: Evil Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Jukebox of the Dead (that ones a joke). And when a new one comes out, I’ll have to go see it. But I have a problem. I’ve been trying to figure out why I like them so much. I think I’ve come up with the answer. See if you can identify.
A zombie is the essence of evil. It is mindless and without conscience. It has an uncontrollable appetite to destroy any living thing in its path. And whatever it conquers becomes evil it too. You can run, scream, and hide from the undead, but when they get you, you become one of them. This is an awful thought as you consider that you might be the zombie that eats your brother or best friend. After all, you “need more brains!”
But there is an upside. A zombie can be stopped. I will spare you the details and techniques involved in stopping a zombie dead in its tracks (Ha!), but this evil menace can be killed…again (Ha! Ha!). I think this is what I like about zombie movies. The evil can actually be stopped.
I wish my life was more like this.
You see, I have discovered the real evil in my life is much more destructive and even more difficult to fight. It actually lives right inside of me and is very seductive. It has the ability to go unnoticed and leave a subtle path of damage that can have negative effects for generations to come. It has the power to destroy a marriage or crush a child’s spirit when gone unchecked. Isn’t this a reality for all of us? It’s a major challenge for all of us. True evil is not far away at all, and it can ruin our lives very slowly and casually.
But I believe it is the love of God and the strength He gives us that helps us to battle this destructive nature inside all of us…
…and truly live.