They are here among us, the walking dead. Of course, the label has become a cliché to the point that we no longer cringe at the thought. Actually, we talk about it like its some big joke. But the truth, if confronted, will make you heart-sick. So I guess this is your warning: Read no further unless you are prepared to know the truth, the truth that there are zombies all around us.
You may consider me to be quite insane at this point, and you may be reading just to see what this lunatic will say next. Whatever your purpose for continuing, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The truth of the matter is, zombies are everywhere. As a matter of fact, the walking dead among us far outnumber the living today, and the lifeless seem to be increasing at an alarming rate. I’m sure there are many questions in your head regarding this predicament and I will try to answer them as thoroughly as possible.
Question #1: Who are these zombies and how do we identify them?
Answer: Its very hard to identify zombies by looks alone. If you were to spend some time talking to one of them, conversation could confirm it for you. They tend to talk in a monotone. They are quite emotionless, as their emotions have been deadened. Their eyes often have a hollow look in them suggesting numbness. If you are intent upon recognizing zombies, it helps to have a discernment where they are concerned. This comes through communion with the Holy Spirit and this discernment will help you recognize zombies immediately upon encounter.
Question #2: What do we do when we encounter a zombie?
Answer: Contrary to popular belief, zombies are not bound to an eternal lifeless existence. They can experience life again. They can be revived. Most of them just don’t know it. So it is very important to share this information with them. The only way to relate this information to a zombie is to first, disarm their defenses. The only weapon that works is love. You have to go after the zombie’s heart with love. Or should I say Love. It’s the unconditional Love that works to pull down the defenses of a zombie. Once Love has disarmed the zombie, the message of Christ and salvation can be administered effectively. This must be done with prayer and sensitivity toward the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is important to note that any demons associated with the zombie must also be dealt with at this time. DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP otherwise the zombie may only experience new life for a short amount of time.
Question #3: I have disarmed the zombie and administered the message of salvation. What now?
Answer: Pray. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16)” Pray with the zombie, destroying the hold that death has on him or her. Don’t quit until you see signs of life come into the body. These signs include color in the cheeks, a twinkle in the eye, breath, tears, and any manifestation of emotions.
Question #4: Really, quit with the metaphor and speak plainly. What’s your point?
Answer: I’m struggling with the fact that I am a comfortable Christian in a world full of numb, hurting people, so deadened inside because of the attack of Satan coming against them, and I do very little to help them. I look at them and cringe, afraid that my reaching out may cause a stir, or cause all the forces of Hell to amass against my efforts. And so, more often than not, I choose to remain comfortably unfruitful. I am struggling with the fact that people are dying inside and I know the truth, and I’ve seen the light, I’ve experienced new life, and yet I do very little to reach out to them. As a matter of fact, most of the time, I am so wrapped up in my own thoughts and my own life that I unwittingly reject them by my indifference to their pain. People are dying inside and I am comfortable. And now I am disgusted.
Jesus came to destroy the work of the enemy. He passed that job on to the Church, and yet, we are losing ground every day in the battle against Satanic forces. It seems that we are actually progressing the work of Satan by presenting a false Gospel. A gospel based on works and not faith, a gospel that polarizes the attributes of God so that the truth is one-sided and manipulative. The same God who loves also chastises. The same God who heals also allows trials and tribulations. It is imperative that as Christians who desire to make a difference, we dig deeply into the Word that we may know this God whom we represent. I don’t want to know the opinions of man, I want to know The Truth. Because it is The Truth that sets captives free, not the foolishness of man’s knowledge. It’s time we admit that we know in part and see in part. It’s time we concede that His ways are beyond our own limited understanding. It’s time we come down off our high horses and live among the dead, so they may see our light and honor our Father who is in Heaven. “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up”. You can know all there is to know about God, but Paul says if you have not love, you are like an annoying bell (he uses the term “resounding gong”).
We Christians all unanimously agree that time is short and the end is near. What are we doing standing around talking about it like there isn’t anything else to do but wait? “Look around! The fields are white unto harvest!” There are multitudes who have yet to be won to Christ. There is plenty to do!
* Scriptures references: John 8:32, 1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Corinthians 8:1, 1 Corinthians 13:1, John 4:35