Rise (Lent #34)

zombiesOkay, I admit it.  I’m one of “those people” who are fascinated with zombies.  Not so fascinated that I participate in zombie parades or host zombie themed parties, but I enjoy (is that the right word?) The Walking Dead, have read World War Z, laughed at Shaun of the Dead, and have some zombie decals I’m very close to putting on my vehicle.

Don’t get me wrong, if the dead actually start to rise and walk through our cities and towns with the purpose of making more zombies, I might not be as excited.

On the other hand, a friend of mine puts a spin on the zombie tale…what if we are all called to die and to rise again to a new type of life?  A life that looks different, feels different, is different.  What if we were to think of Christianity as we do zombies rising from the dead.

Focused on a single purpose.  Driven and unable to be distracted.  Unstoppable.  Animated by an unseen Spirit.  Given a new mind, new goals, new “life”.

Admittedly most take the opposite approach, suggesting everyone who isn’t a Christian is a zombie.  It’s becoming a Christ-follower that one finally becomes a real person.

I don’t know, I think I like my friend’s approach better.  It certainly feels less arrogant.  It also reminds me of one of my favorite Bible passages another friend and I were talking about just tonight.

Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones.

Bones infused with new life.  Bones…dry…dead…motionless…reanimated.

That’s my hope.  To be renewed, refreshed, remade.

Dare I say, to be zombified?

To rise up from the dead and to enjoy a new life.  A life made possible only in Christ.  A life with purpose and passion and an appreciation for brains.

I think my friend may be on to something.  What do you think?  Ready to rise up and begin a new life?

Life is better together,
Shawn

One response to “Rise (Lent #34)

  1. Zombie is a little AFTER my time! I am making bread in my Bread Machine this morning so I think of rising in the Spirit a little like the yeast that I am using in the bread. I can understand that real well!!

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