An article by Rosenburg pointed out that this is the year that the word “zombie” was used more often in the description of all films, past and present, than the word “cowboy”. Cowboy used to be a description that seemed to describe the American character: brave, independent, humble and honest. Now it is “zombie”, or the living dead.
A “zombie” search gave me over 55 million hits. To say “zombie” is part of our cultural identity is to make an understatement.
The world English Dictionary defines “zombie” as: a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton
I had forwarded the Rosenburg article to Tevin and we talked about his thesis that zombie is an apt description of many of the societies of our world as well as the US.
Think about this as you go about your life and see if your observations line up with our definition of zombie: “lifeless, apathetic, totally lacking in independent judgment”.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I. The Walking Dead
Nothing to live for except feeding the flesh. A zombie just walks around feeding its flesh.
Going through the motions of living without really living. Think about your workplace, marriages, and even church.
Luke 20:38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”
2 Peter 2:18-19 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
You can get with someone who is dead on the inside and you can begin to feel them begin to suck the spiritual life right out of you. “great swelling words of emptiness,” “they allure” “they promise” but it is just a zombie trying to take a bite out of you to recruit you to be one of the dammed, a life just lived waiting for the final death.
II. A zombie just lives to feed the flesh. Nothing else really matters.
“Whatever” “Just do it”
Honesty, integrity, virtue: for the zombie these words have no meaning and there is no application of these words to their lives.
They live apathetic lives where they are only concerned with feeding their own flesh and whatever they have to do to get what they want they do.
“I don’t care”
A zombie doesn’t care about the lives it destroys it just wants to feed.
“It’s all about me”
Matt 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
John 15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
III. Finally, a zombie has no discernment no sense of right from wrong
From our dictionary definition: “totally lacking in independent judgment”
They are slaves
It is interesting that “zombie” is all the name of the snake god of Haiti and Africa. A snake that can steal your soul.
This idea of a snake, the devil and the loss of the soul goes all the way back to the garden.
The modern zombie is a slave.
God made us in his image, to be creative. A person dead to God is a person living a lifeless life.
We use the phrase “godless communism” to try and communicate a way of life in which the thing that makes us unique as individuals is taken away from us.
This is why the zombie myths of South Africa center around people captured and used as slaves for their master.
We assumed that communism, socialism served a greater power than just politics. There was something about living in these societies that stole the soul.
The climax of de Tocqueville’s argument is one of the best-known passages of his great book:
Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends it arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.
Ezek 13:18-19 thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive? 19 And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?”
Ezek 13:22-23 “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. 23 Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”‘”