Dead Wisdom

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I am not a big zombie movie lover. I like vampire movies and werewolf movies but zombies…no. My sister kept posting about a show called “The Walking Dead” so I decided to give it a try. I was hooked from the very first show. Here we are seven seasons later and I love the show and the characters.

One of the first things you pick up on in the show is…hello! there are dead people everywhere wanting to eat your guts out…literally! As the show progresses you find that the zombies are only part of the characters worries. Not only do they have to contend with lack of food, water, medical supplies, but they also have other living people who want what they have. As a matter of fact, they have run into many, many who try to steal from them or kill them just to get their supplies.

(Spoiler Alert)
In season 3 the group encounters The Governor. He is a ruthless man who kills anyone who has what he wants and keeps his dead daughter in a closet in hopes the town doctor can find a “cure.” He is bad and one of those guys you love to hate.

In season 7 the group encounters Negan. He is much worse than the governor and kills two beloved characters. Not only does he kill them, he beats them until there is nothing left of their heads. He kills the first one as an act of power. The second he kills because one of the members tried to oppose him. And he laughs and makes fun every time he kills. What is odd is that when one of his men tries to rape one of the females in the compound, Negan kills him. He says no raping will be tolerated.

As I watched this horrible character do absolutely horrendous things causing me to hate him and cry for those whom he killed, I realized that we live in the world of The Walking Dead.

The zombies are those in the world without Christ. Those people who walk and eat but are dead and are only trying to satisfy their basic needs. Their lives will end in the ultimate final death if they do not turn to God.

The ones still alive are Christians. They are not only looking to survive but to live. Rick and his group try to help where they can. They take in others. And they hold life precious, not only to their loved ones who are still alive but their loved ones who die not wanting to burn their bodies but bury them.

Negan is one of the living. Negan is one of the examples (albeit poor) of Christians in the world today. Negan has his community that is based upon who has more to give. And if you have more to give then you get more. He gets whatever he wants including as many wives as he wants no matter whose wife they are. And he has no problem eliminating those who oppose him or that he has not need for. He kills them laughing all the while. But when someone else kills (without his permission) or commits another offense Negan thinks is bad, they are punished. Severely.

There are so many Christians in the world today who are like Negan. These are Christians who think they are above God’s Law not needing to repent for their sins. Christians who take what they want not caring who they hurt to get it. Christians who think they deserve more or better because they are in positions of power. Christians who commit heinous crimes and excuse them but then turn around and condemn others for their sins.

If you think I am being harsh I’m not. I say this having been yelled at by Christians in my home congregation. Knowing other Christians who have also been yelled at or spoken ugly to because someone else didn’t like the way they were doing things. Christians who commit terrible sins but condemn others for not being at church on Sunday.

You start to watch this show thinking the zombies are bad when they are not the worst to be on the look out for. You go through this life thinking it is non-Christians we need to watch out for when it’s those who you have your back to that you need to watch. Those who say they love you to your face and then stab you in the back the second you turn.

We need to help those lost in need of Christ, but we need to be wary of those we worship with.

That’s not the way it should be, but that is the way it is.