Zombies? Really?

If I were to compile a list of possible topics for this blog on connecting dots to God, zombies would never enter my mind.  Ever.  But, after reading an Associated Press news article yesterday about a recent internet interest in “zombie apocalypse,” I’m going to connect some dots between zombies and God.  Work with me here…

Apparently, the phrase “zombie apocalypse” is (or was) #2 among Google’s trending search terms

Why? 

Tamara Lush, in her AP article, suggests that recent bizarre and gruesome events have sparked a fascination with a scenario in which a mutant virus, on the loose from a government lab or introduced in an act of bioterrrorism, turns people into zombies. It is preposterous of course, but we live in an age in which many absurdities have become reality.

So, whether Google searches for “zombie apocalypse” are done in comic book type fun or out of genuine fear, they reveal a sense of foreboding as described in Lush’s article:

“Symbolic of both infection and evil, zombies are terrifying in a way that other horror-movie iconography isn’t, says Elizabeth Bird, an anthropologist at the University of South Florida.

Zombies, after all, look like us. But they aren’t. They are some baser form of us — slowly rotting and shambling along, intent on “surviving” and creating more of their kind, but with no emotional core, no conscience, no limits.”

Creepy.

Lush goes on to write, “For some, the news stories fuel a lurking fear that, ultimately, humanity is doomed.” 

I find Lush’s article insightful, because there is some truth in the fears she describes.  Humanity, in a self-gratifying sinful state, is in fact doomed.  Foreboding is justified.

Zombies are a fitting metaphor for the cultural rot, heartless self-gratification, and soul-less existences that are increasingly evident in this world.

It is creepy.

Thankfully, zombie fiction notwithstanding, sin will not devour humanity because  of the day that the Living God defeated death on a cross.  Jesus Christ offers eternal life in place of spiritually dead flesh and a loving heart instead of an empty emotional core.

Christians understand that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, the antidote for sin and the source of life, and we can share this hope in the face of foreboding.  Maybe zombie stories are an opportunity to do just that.

“‘I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”  John 5:24

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At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Teaching Director for a Community Bible Study group, and write a blog in an attempt to synthesize it all. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?
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16 Responses to Zombies? Really?

  1. jesusmyjoy says:

    wonderful write on this..

  2. Patricia says:

    It had never occurred to be that a “craze” ever existed…until I watched a recent episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” :) Take a look and try to watch through the end. http://youtu.be/bXi08KofVUE

    • Judy says:

      I’m with you, Patricia. I’ve not spent a nano-second thinking about Zombies until I wrote this post. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the link!
      Judy

  3. branchl77 says:

    I am really amazed that the world is fascinated with Zombies and Vampires. If the world wants to eat flesh and drink blood and live forever they are free to join me every Sunday morning for a meal that is out of this world. All puns are intended! Thanks.

  4. Rick Alvey says:

    Great post Judy! Love it! Wonderful insight and application. Might reblog this some time if you don’t mind.

  5. Thomas Smith says:

    “Zombies are a fitting metaphor for the cultural rot, heartless self-gratification, and soul-less existence that is increasingly evident in this world.” I would have to agree, and while I didn’t know how you were going to connect the dots on this one, it was great. :) A fascination with death is an odd preoccupation. God Bless you!

  6. Judy says:

    Hi Caddo,
    I’ve thought more about zombies in the last twenty-four hours than in all the years of my life:) But the more I think about it, the sadder it makes me to imagine anyone living in fear and hopelessness. No wonder Jesus said to go and make disciples – the alternative is not very appealing.
    Blessings back to you, Caddo!
    Judy

  7. Caddo Veil says:

    Excellent, really–zombie is a perfect definition and symbol for the lost souls (and reminds me of some of my neighbors–scary, to be sure). Thanks for an intriguing post, Judy–God bless you!

  8. meanwhilein3 says:

    This is a truly relevent topic. Zombies are such a of horrifying image of man. In the stories, tv shows and movies there are always people fighting to survive and not become a zombie themselves, protecting their friends and even looking for a cure to it. Great post.

  9. Larry Who says:

    “… intent on “surviving” and creating more of their kind, but with no emotional core, no conscience, no limits…”

    This perfectly describes the kingdom of darkness and those who have given themselves over to that kingdom.

    • Judy says:

      That’s exactly what I thought, Larry. It is a surprisingly vivid description of much of what is on display in the world around us. Thank God we do not have to fear.
      Thanks Larry!
      Judy

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