Night of the Living Dead
Zombies are dead people that, although still technically dead, are moving and walking, in search of nourishment in the form of human brains. They can’t communicate well, they can’t really enjoy life, and, unbeknown to some Michael Jackson fans, they can’t dance! Some people even fear a zombie apocalypse, in which a worldwide horde of zombies that grows exponentially (because everyone knows, of course, that being victimized by a zombie makes you a zombie too) destroys the very fabric of society and leaves us in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
I’m really not a zombie connoisseur, but I have noticed a crossover of which we all must be aware. Too many Christians think and act like zombies! They’re lifeless, they can’t communicate well, they certainly don’t dance, and, worst of all, they haven’t realized that they’re dead! Unfortunately, all of this is leading us towards a “zombie apocalypse” of the modern church.
Unfortunately, I think that many zombie Christians haven’t read Romans 6. Particularly verse 11, which states:
So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (NLT)
Yes, “dead to the power of sin,” but “alive to God through Christ Jesus!” We are dead to sin, dead to the world, but we live new lives! We aren’t just a pack of former humans who have emerged from the cemetery, walking around aimlessly looking for someone to devour. We have died to the life we formerly lived through our baptism and the transformation of our souls through the sanctification of Jesus the Christ, but we do not reflect the grave! Christ died a physical death, but conquered that death through his resurrection!
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
~Colossians 3:3 (NLT)~
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
~2 Corinthians 5:17~
Get rid of your zombie bodies! Become a new creation in Christ! Don’t just sit around, moaning and groaning because you don’t have any brains to eat. We are people of the resurrection! Wake up! Realize that you have died to your former life, but you have a whole new life ahead of you!