Alright, let’s face it. A LOT of Christians watch the Walking Dead. On Sunday night (Easter Sunday), more people will tune in to watch than any other television series. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (like my wife) but no one can deny that it is one of most popular television shows on the tube right now. Many people will go to church on Sunday morning and watch the Walking Dead on Sunday night. I am one of them. Before you throw rocks at me and tell me all of the reasons why it’s not good for people to watch, please hear me out.
I am aware of the junk on television and so are you. There is some show that everyone watches that they probably shouldn’t see. It’s easy to point this out when the show is something that you are not interested in. Many women will tell you that shows like the Walking Dead are not good for you to watch because of the violence and then they will tune in to the Bachelor on Monday to watch women in very little clothing sell all of their morals to win a man’s affection. Everyone has a show that they want to watch even though it may not be best for them. Here are some of mine.
- I love The Office! I find myself quoting it all the time. Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute are the funniest pair of people that I have ever seen on Television. The problem with the Office is the fact that it is crude (“That’s what she said!), uses foul language, and is definitely not a show that I should ever quote in front of my youth group.
- The. Funniest. Show. Ever. People either really love Seinfeld or really hate Seinfeld. There are few that are in between. There are so many memorable shows like the Soup Nazi, The Pez Despenser, and The Contest. Everyone has their favorite line, character, and episode. The problem with this show is that it teaches people that sarcasm is the best tool for life, sleeping around with other people is normal, and it claims to be a show about “nothing”. I’ve wasted many hours of my life laughing at this show.
- I don’t normally get into weird dramas but I was captivated by this show. During my wife’s first pregnancy, I watched every episode on Netflix and by the end of each episode I would say, “What???”. I wondered what it must have been like for people that were watching tfrom week to week. It would have driven me crazy!!! While Lost is a very interesting show, it is full of sex, deception, thievery, and violence.
I bet when you read over my list there were many of you that could not believe that I would claim these shows as my favorite. What is your favorite show to watch? Why do you like it? What is in it that you shouldn’t be watching?
Why do we watch these programs even though we know we shouldn’t? I’m going to be honest. Because it is interesting! There is something about these generation defining shows that urge us to make ourselves available for that time slot. People get excited as each episode approaches wondering what is going to happen next. The unknown puts us on the edge of our seats. Sin or no sin, this is the reason that we continue to watch.
It blows my mind to see peoples interest in zombies, vampires, and werewolves. Hollywood will keep producing this stuff because they have made lots of money with it for years.
In 1968, George Ramiro directed Night of the Living Dead.
This movie became one of the biggest financial successes in the horror movie world. Since then we have seen many zombie movies come out. People have always been fascinated with the idea of the UN-dead walking among the living. Hmmm… What gets us to go there in our minds? Could there be a connection?
As a Christian, I find it important to understand the things that people find popular. Jesus did that all the time. He had a keen ability to make sense of the gospel to the masses. How does the gospel make sense to the zombie lovers of the world? Let’s face it. You may not understand yourself why people are infatuated with the undead, but there are so many people that are glued to the television every week to watch zombies attempt to eat people. Where in the Bible do we see examples of the dead being able to walk?
“51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” – Matthew 27:51-53
What a crazy passage!! Jesus had just died on the cross and the curtain to the holy of holy’s was ripped apart to signify that believers no longer needed a mediator between themselves and God. That was pretty amazing but I find it even more amazing that there were people that actually rose from the dead! Can you imagine what that must have been like? The Bible doesn’t go deep into the accounts of who rose but we know that they were saints that had followed God in their lives.
A Walking Dead fan will read this passage and their mind will begin to race. They may wonder if this was some type of zombie apocalypse and peoples loved ones were coming back to eat them. Whenever you watch movies that involve zombies, the zombies are not the cleanest looking types of people. In fact, many of them have visible flesh showing, tattered clothes, they are unable to speak and only growl, and they are terribly frightening. The story in Matthew 27 is a little different. These saints who were “asleep” in tombs were now alive in Christ! There was no growling or consuming of flesh. These people were walking the streets revealing to others that the God of Abraham is the one true God! They were alive as any person could ever be. Zombie fans will be disappointed to know that anyone that “dies” to Christ are in fact alive forever.
The bible shows the truth about the Walking Dead through several passages in the book of Luke.
36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” – Luke 19:36-40
Jesus was entering the city and the people present were worshiping him and proclaiming his name unashamedly. While this was going on, the pharisees were trying to everything they could think of to kill the party. These men, that were supposed to be the leaders, were the most critical. In this passage, we see that people who are dead in sin are unable to notice Jesus even when he is right in front of them.
In just a few chapters, many of the same people that proclaimed the name of Jesus earlier had a very different tone.
13 Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. 15 No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 16 Therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 17 [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
18 But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!” 19 (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21 but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” 22 And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 23 But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24 And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25 And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.
In the horror world, people know that zombies can be easily manipulated. All they need to hear is a noise and all of them will turn in their tracks to follow whatever they have just heard. They will surround the noise and if it is a person, they will force themselves upon them in order to attack. Were the people in the book of Luke any different? All the pharisees needed was to gather together in an angry mob and before they could count to ten, the people were calling for the blood of Jesus.
Jesus, the only man without sin, allowed sinners to put Him on the cross.
Jesus is the only person that ever lived that didn’t deserve to die. At any moment, he could have stepped away from us and left us to die. Instead, he chose to be killed by people that were already dead because of their sin.
If you think that the Walking Dead television show is scary, you should see what it truly means be the walking dead. There are people all over the world that don’t know Jesus. They are living on borrowed time thinking that the meaning of life is family, worldly pleasure, self growth, and other things that the world tells us is the most important. None of these things are wrong, they just shouldn’t be number one. They have NO IDEA what their purpose is and are living only on false hope. When they die, there will be no hope whatsoever.
Why do you think people are drawn to the Walking Dead? Many of them are the walking dead. It’s amazing how the enemy will draw people into entertainment by using aspects of who we already are. The scary part about the walking dead is that they don’t even know that they are dead. Jesus even says in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Everyone has a choice. They can be dead in the sins or they can be dead to their sins. Being dead in your sins means that you will stay dead. Dying to your sins means you have died to this world and now you are alive in Christ. Being alive in Christ requires us to lose our earthly life.
“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39
I don’t want to be a zombie and you shouldn’t either. I am alive through Jesus. The world will call Christians zombies because they do whatever Jesus tells them to do.
I would feel that way too if I had never met Christ.
Jesus is the opposite of the Walking Dead.
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” – Luke 24:1-7
“44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.” – Luke 24:44-48
As Easter and the season finale of the Walking Dead approaches, think about what Jesus offers (Easter) and what the world offers (The Walking Dead). While I may find the show entertaining, it can’t rise from the dead and save me.
Jesus wants us to see He is the only one that can bring us up from the dead to Everlasting life.