We are not afraid of the brain feasting zombie hoard because let’s face it, if a zombie out-brake did happen in Canada tomorrow, the police and military would wipe out those shambling beasties long before they could grow into a sizable threat. What we are really afraid of is what the zombie represents. Zombies are us without souls. A zombie is what we would be without morals, ethics, intelligence, or humanity. And I believe part of the reason zombies are becoming such a huge hit over the last few years is because we, as a society; are concerned about our own loss of moral and ethical resolve.
Western culture was based on the Bible. Our laws, our morals, our very society was created in direct reflection of what Jesus taught us through Scripture. As George Washington said: “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” Since the turn of the millennium, we have seen that western society is being systematically stripped of God’s influence, of God and the Bible. But it is not just that these principles that God has given us are being stripped away, but that they are being replaced for the most part with nothing. We see this happening again and again in media, and when we see people act in horrific or depraved manners we fear for the loss of our humanity. This fear translates in part to our sudden cultural obsession with zombies in media. I’ll give you an example of what I'm talking about.
God and prayer are taken out of our schools and the children see the adults arguing about the morals and ethics that they have tried to erect in His place. So kids start to look to other sources in order to find the standard they need to measure themselves by. A stable moral and ethical guide. They look to movies, video games, social media, and music to find this new standard of behavior. This would be tolerable except that the media icons they pattern themselves after are being created by companies who are more interested in making money than role-models. They are there to sell the kids what they want, not necessarily what they need, and sex and violence sell very well.
Now I am not saying that these companies are evil, or the product of Satan, or that they even have the intention of causing any of this. They are just looking after themselves. Sort of like all the survivors do in the zombie movies. Sooner or later the survivors start to realize that if they want to survive, they need to look after themselves first because everyone else is just competition for limited resources.
What I am saying is these patterns along with others contributing factors, lead to more sexualized and promiscuous children. Also, children with more violent behavior who do not hold the same respect for their parents then in generations past. We see school shootings on the news, and point fingers at the teachers. We see television shows like ‘Scared Straight’, and point fingers at the parents. And we see teens walking around with their heads in their phones and we point fingers at technology. Now imagine our society as it might be in twenty years.
We fear zombies; not because of what they would do to us if they were real, but because we are afraid of losing our humanity and becoming zombie-like ourselves. And we are obsessed with zombies because we see moral disintegration occurring around us in our society and we are desperately looking for a solution. Great news by the way, we know what that solution is!
Only through basing our lives, our morals and our ethics around the living God of the Bible; can we hope to maintain our resolve and grow into an abundant life worth living. This allows us to be there for others in our communities, and to love them unconditionally. Giving them our support and helping them to stand up when the natural world kicks them down. Jesus is the cure for the zombie apocalypse. Take that Rick Grimes!
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
By leading our children by example and demonstrating Christ-like qualities, we breathe new and restored life into them. We show that Jesus is a holy and righteous measure to live by. We give stable, unchanging morals and ethics that they can depend on, and when they grow up they will not turn from it but teach it again to their children.
by: Walter Blackwood