Saturday, October 3, 2015

Are there really Walking Dead among us?

Are there really Walking Dead among us right now, today?  Zombies out to eat our flesh?  Would you ever have guessed that there are many scriptures references to those who “eat flesh” in a manner of speaking?  Take a look at just a couple of scripture references:

Psalm 27:2  When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh.  My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

Psalm 14:4
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.

Psalm 124:6
Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

Micah 3:2-3
…"You who hate good and love evil, who tear off their skin from them and their flesh from their bones,  who eat the flesh of my people, strip off their skin from them, break their bones and chop them up as for the pot and as meat in a kettle."

The fascination with zombie's isn’t that surprising, it's just another worldly twist on biblical and spiritual truth that the world has fashioned into it's own kind of terror in the flesh!

        Just recently we started to watch the AMC series 'The Walking Dead'.  Perhaps you are aware of it or have even been a fan, watching each show as it airs.  We had stayed away from watching it because, as Christians, we thought, why would we watch a show about zombies?  But curiosity got the best of us to see what all the craze was about.  After watching the pilot we learned that it wasn't a mindless plot but that the show is actually quite engaging. 
        Although we’ve caught a couple of flaws in the zombie abilities and 'rules of engagement' the overall story line is exciting and keeps the viewer coming back to see what's going to happen next.
        The most important thing that has happened is that it has sparked some great conversations about how we would handle such an event.  It occurred to us that in reality, we as Christians, are walking among the spiritually dead every single day.

Ephesians 2: 1-2
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

        Until someone seeks to be forgiven of their sins by coming to Christ and inviting Him into their lives- thereby getting 'born-again'- they are among those who roam about this physical life as a spiritual zombie- dead in their trespasses and sins.  
        Not only that, but have you ever noticed how those who have chosen to reject their Maker and Savior create justification for their sinful behavior and lash out vehemently against anyone who threatens what they have claimed is their right and privilege?
        It's like they have no choice but to mindlessly "feed" on the Born-Again simply because they are there.  Like the Walking Dead, the living must be devoured though there is no real rhyme or reason to it.  The Walking Dead are just that - DEAD - so they do not have a living need to "eat"!
        The scriptures explain this "destructive" need in the "dead":

1 Corinthians 2:14 
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Galatians 5: 16-17 
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other...

        In the show there is no reasoning with the zombies, one simply must protect themselves from being devoured.  So it is with Christians, though we don't "kill" the spiritually walking dead among us.  Instead, we protect ourselves by guarding our minds while sharing the Gospel message of Gods love and salvation with others!  (Interestingly enough, the only way to "kill" the zombies in the show is to destroy their brains!)

Philipians 4:7
And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.

        In the show there is no 'cure' for those turned into zombies but, thanks be to God, there is a cure for those in spiritual darkness! As it is Gods perfect will that all men should be SAVED and COME UNTO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, we have a mandate to reach out to those stumbling in the darkness and help guide them to the light of Christ. 
        As we read in Ephesians, we are not fighting against flesh, but against spiritual wickedness.

Ephesians 6:11-13
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day.

         In the show, if you are bitten or scratched by a zombie, your fate is sealed and you have no hope!  Thankfully, God does not leave us with no hope or choice!

Deuteronomy 30:19:
"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!"

        This is a crazy world, and it would certainly be easier to fight the enemy if it were as obvious as the zombies on the show.  No one would argue that there isn't "something out there" that's trying to kill and destroy all human beings! But because the spiritual realm isn't seen with the physical eye, explaining the horror of and existence of EVIL SPIRITS is difficult.

        But not impossible!  God has provided a way!  

ROMANS 10:13-14
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe on Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without someone to TELL THEM?

That's our function as Christians.  We have to tell the others how to avoid being zombies!!

Part of our "job" as Christians, is not to hide in our churches or our homes and not to avoid contact with the world - but instead, we are to engage the world and show them the light of Christ.  We can do that, even through the TV shows that seem to be the furthest thing from truth you could ever find!

Now, are you ready to engage your friends and neighbors in the eternal discussion that leads to LIFE?

Let us know, we'd like to pray specifically for you and those you share truth with!

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