This is the first post in response to The American Apocalypse Obsession. Zombies are incredibly saturated in our culture today. We see them on TV shows, in movies, in video games, in books, and even in our churches. The term “Christian Zombie” is used in jest and supposed to be a compliment.
But most of all, people know about Zombies because of the coming Apocalypse. Have you heard? Yes indeed. Due to radiation, some unknown disease, or an extraterrestrial infection the world will someday soon be brought to an end by Zombies ravaging the earth. Returning it to a primal and deadly age supposedly long ago.
Thats how the story goes anyway. Frankly, I am not convinced in any way such an age will ever happen, or that is it even acceptable for christian to use this term of “Zombie” in their description of who they are.
What is a Zombie?
Before we actually get to the problems with this Zombie obsessed mentality. We first need to figure out and define what exactly a Zombie is, and where the idea came from. There are two types of zombies, both of which have influenced our culture’s present day interpretation. The first originated in Africa, when a person would tie their soul to a snake, which is created by a Witchdoctor, or sorcerer. This is then taken care of and supposed to bring the person more luck the better they treat this astral extension. Supposedly, if the extension is killed, the person attached to it dies as well. This gives the sorcerer complete control over the individual by means of holding life or death in his hands. I personally, while in Africa, have heard a witness account of the zombie being killed, and immediately after, the man whom he knew died as well. Sorcery is a grave and serious matter. I don’t understand it, but it is definitely something not to be trifled with.
The second is more well known, and originated in Haiti. There were reports of people dying, being buried, then rising out of their graves insane and deranged. This originally was credited through witchcraft and sorcerers Upon further investigation it was found the combination of two powders infused into the bloodstream could give the appearance, both physical and medical, of death. Then after a time, the person would awake, and the second powder would provide hallucinations, the inability to feel pain, and a loss of sanity. Eventually, the witchdoctor would kill them (for real this time) or provide a cure and further his reputation The Haitians believed if you arose a zombie, it was the worse punishment their god could give, as your soul would never find peace or death.
What Difference Does This Make?
Hopefully you are beginning to see the flaws in associating or joking about zombies in christianity. They originate from occult beliefs and practices which are used to circumvent “Fate” or to control a person to commit acts they would never do on their own. In addition, the idea itself is unbiblical and condemned. I am not going to so much delve into the Old Testament commandments against sorcery, thought they are valid. Moreso, let’s look at the appalling rejection of Christ’s sacrifice with this view.
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another. He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. ~Hebrews 9: 24-28~ NKJV (emphasis added)
Clearly, the idea of Zombies destroys the very core of God’s perfect plan of salvation, redemption, and the glourious second coming all in one swoop. The idea, one can cheat eternal death by resurrecting as a soulless being, and then millions of these plunging the world into a state of primal chaos is against everything taught in scripture. It is a hopeless and desperate substitute of a man made plan, in an effort to replace a perfect one. Unsurprisingly, it fails miserably.
Responding with Grace.
The first part of appropriately responding to one who believes in such an impending apocalypse is they are operating from a hopeless viewpoint. All end of the world scenarios end in failure and death, save for one. The person’s hope lies in how they will act and die in those end times, not how they will be redeemed. They have a desire of the glorious last stand, like the Alamo. These observations are from personal conversations with people who believe this, not simply conjecture. Their hope lies in what they will die doing, and go down in gory glory.
We can’t change a person’s heart of self glorification, only the spirit can do that. What we can do though, is be like paul, and reason with them based on their understanding. The passage which comes to mind is as follows:
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you….
Paul then goes on to explain the gospel in a captivating fashion. We can do the same here. There is common ground here which is the world will indeed someday end. After you hear their view, be prepared to share how the glorious second coming of Christ will be a day of rejoicing for those that believe in Him. Don’t get bogged down in the symbolic chapters in Revelation and judgments. But focus on the “why”. Why is Christ returning? Why will the world end? These are the eternal questions which matter, and what so many people, including Christians, miss.
And for those of you who claim to be Zombie Christians (dead to self alive in Christ) I’d say, quite bluntly, shame on you, for perverting the name of a Christian (which means Christ follower) and endorsing a view which is opposed to anything in relation to His Sacrifice or how we are to live.
That’s the wrap on zombies. Next on the list, Aliens.