I believe in zombies.
A zombie is physically identical to a normal human being, but lacks consciousness. Zombies look like us, but “all is dark inside.”
Doctors of philosophy have been writing papers about zombies and consciousness since 1974. The figure of the zombie, however, appeared as early as the 1929 novel “The Magic Island” by William Seabrook. In 1932, Victor Halperin directed “White Zombie,” a horror film starring Bela Lugosi.
But zombies have been with us for thousands of years. They walk among us today.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a manual to help you prepare for a zombie pandemic. Written by Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan, it instructs readers how to prepare for “flesh-eating zombies” much as they appeared in Hollywood hits such as “Night of the Living Dead” and video games such as “Resident Evil.”
This time last year, the U.S. government contracted a security firm to host a counterterrorism training event on an island in the San Diego Bay Area. Hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others faced zombies.
The keynote speaker was former CIA Director Michael Hayden. The Homeland Security Grant Program and the Urban Areas Security Initiative approved the event. During the training, a VIP and his detail were trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies. Some of the team were bitten by zombies and had to be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination.
So, the CIA, Homeland Security, the CDC, Ph.D.s, and the American media all recognize the existence (and threat) of zombies.
But that’s not why I believe in zombies. I believe because the Bible tells me they are real.
In the Bible it is written: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked … in the passions of our flesh … by nature children of wrath.” The apostle Paul wrote more about these walking dead: “Their throat is an open grave” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Should you be afraid? Should attempt to kill all the zombies?
Don’t waste your time.
You don’t kill something that’s already dead. You try to help them live.
This is what Jesus did for all zombies. Jesus Christ did not die on the cross to make bad people good. Jesus died on the cross to make dead people live.
Before Jesus came into my life, I was a zombie. The same is true of you. “For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.”
People walk around dead inside because of disobedience to God, acting contrary to holiness and righteousness. Their behavior is one unholy urge after another. Zombies are mob-ruled. They plod along with all the other zombies without an end in sight. No zombie ever stopped to help another zombie. There was nothing a zombie like me could do to help himself, or anyone else. I was the walking dead.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Have no fear, fellow zombie! There is life available for you. “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
“By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Zombies are a threat, but there’s nothing the government can do to stop them. Only God can make the dead live again. Jesus has defeated death and offers every zombie eternal life. The life God gives is full of purpose, joy, and peace. Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and live.
The Rev. Neil L’Hommedieu is pastor of Blue Mountain Baptist Church. You may reach him at 509-527-0691. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.