Before the movie, before the comic book, before the TV show, there was Paul and his letter to the Ephesians where he describes the original walking dead.
My friend Jim loves the Walking Dead TV show, Not so much for the zombie appeal, but for the community that is created both on and off the screen. We have had many conversations about how we were once the walking dead. No, not actual brain hunger driven zombies, but how we were dead, separated from the life of God, once walking around under the power of death unbelieving zombies. We still drag around part of that ‘old man’ and have to continually put that rotting part of us to death, and submit and abide in the life of Christ. But let me take you back to one of the original exposes on the walking dead in the New Testament book of Ephesians 2:1-10. Paul says
1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. 3 We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. http://ebible.org/web/
We were once the walking dead, spiritually speaking, and even physically, in that we were under the power of death. We look alive, but inside we carry a sin virus that will end in our total death, aka separation from God if something drastic is not done. Unlike in the TV show, there is a cure, there is hope for this walking dead man. I have chosen to follow the original ‘undead’ risen- resurrected Jesus. He defeated the power of death and has become the ‘firstborn’ among many. He lead the way out of death and in Him we can become alive and walk in life, not death. So when you see a t-shirt, or the TV show about “the walking dead”, remember Paul said it first and there is hope for all who walk in death. Where do you see the effects of death in your own life? How have you seen that reversed by inviting in the Life of God, and embracing truth over lies? 4-11-16