Exodus 14, 15; Matthew 26: 36-75

My son, as well as a number of 20 somethings whom I know are taken with the Zombie Apocalypse genre of films and television series. I tried to watch an episode of Walking Dead and the films The Road and I am Legend,  but quite honestly, viewing horror or science fiction (not that those are synonymous) is not my idea of relaxation.  That being said, my son watched these films and pondered  questions with serious theological implications, “What would you do if you were pursued by zombies and how would you behave? Would your life be dedicated to your own personal survival or to a higher purpose?”

Don’t we ask the same question when we read the stories of the Israelites being pursued by the Egyptian army and Christ as he prayed in Gethsemane prior to his arrest, trial and crucifixion?  What would we do?  How would we behave? These very questions get to the core of what it means to be human and who God is.  Should we not be asking those questions of our everyday lives?

On this side of history, we have the advantage of knowing the end of the story. As much as I would like to think the best of myself,  I can not honestly say that my faith would be any stronger than that of the Israelites who initially panicked as the Egyptians bore down on them.  I haven’t faced that sort imminent danger.  Perhaps my zombie attackers are a little more subtle, but no less deadly,  (gods of materialism, comfort and the like).   I fall back on Christ, the one who faced death and danger for my benefit, “the author and perfecter of our faith,  who for the joy set before him,  endured the cross,  scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God  [Hebrews 12:2].”  I rely on Him when the zombies come sneaking up on me in the most vulnerable moments.

So thanks to my son for asking the question, “What would you do in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse?”  I sleep much better now.

Kathy

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3 responses to “Exodus 14, 15; Matthew 26: 36-75

  1. juliet2912

    I often think the same kinds of questions when thinking about the persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust and the persecution of the African American population before and during the Civil Rights movement. Would I have been the person I am today with the beliefs that I have? Would I have done right? I would like to think so, but in reality we are raised within our own times. Had I been raised in a different time, my beliefs would likely be very different. I am glad I am able to process things as I do and I am VERY glad for redemption.

  2. I ask myself that question when encountering unbelievers and people who engage in sins that don’t happen to be my area of weakness. How do I express the love of Christ to those whose lifestyles I may not feel comfortable with? How do I model Jesus to the unlovely or the ungodly? The Messiah died so the whole world could believe in him. What am I doing to get that across? The zombie comparison really summarizes it well.

  3. Your questions remind me of recently watching the documentary on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The narrator traces Bonhoeffer’s early pacifism toward war and his dramatic change to actively support the assassination of Hitler. What Bonhoeffer was willing to do after learning about the atrocities of war was starkly opposed to his earlier, passive resistance alongside a few clergy. Not everyone is called to sacrifice like Bonhoeffer and his family (all the men were killed by the Gestapo), and I, for one, have no heroic bones in my body. Yet, I cannot help but believe that God’s Holy Spirit can teach us what to say when the time comes to speak or how to die for His Name’s sake. Nor do I believe this is possible without His calling. If even the life of a sparrow is important to God, how can I not think that the trials and frustrations of my life are any less important to Him? Our life’s testimony will be judged as a witness to the grace, mercy. and justice of God.

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