Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
I sound just like my dad. I remember 33 cent gas, five for a dollar bread, and now, the culmination of years of losing touch, the #1 show in the country is "the Walking Dead".
Gone are the days of Leave it to Beaver. You can now watch the zombies, tweet the zombies, comment on the zombies, interact with the zombies, submit pictures of yourself as a zombie for potential prizes. There are zombie "after shows" reflecting on the intellectual significance of the show airing earlier since the show left so many un-answered questions.
I could go on, but let's turn the Spiritual Switch. I visited with a young lady who was flagging at some road construction on Seven Mile. She wanted to talk about the zombie shows, and I realized I had nothing at all to offer. I've never watched one. But she was surprised to know the Bible has something to say about the subject. According to God, we (mankind) are Dead. "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Eph. 2:1-3.
Nugget: It matters not in the end what you think of you, or what your feelings tell you, but rather what God says. According to Him, we were (if we are saved now) or are (if not), dead. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36 We were/are blinded by Satan - 2nd Cor. 4:4. We aren't even in our right mind absent Savingly Believing on the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. When the demonically possessed man (with the legion of demons) was delivered, the Bible tells us he was "dressed", "seated" and "in his right mind".
A humanistic worldview of mankind is that we are born essentially innocent, and only after a pile of sins (or one really big one) are we condemned by God. A Biblical worldview however is just the opposite. We are born with the curse of Adam on us already (1st Cor. 15:21-22), and absent the redemptive work of His sacrifice, we are doomed. This is what makes the "Good News" Good News. When God looks at man, he sees walking dead. He doesn't chastise or correct children that aren't His - Heb. 12:6-8. He calls them "illegitimate children" (toned down from the King James) and says they are "not sons" of His. Just like the zombies, we (absent Christ) walk rather aimlessly seeking only to satisfy our own immediate desires. It's really quite a picture. When God looks at you, what does He see? A zombie - or someone who He brags on (Eph. 2:7)? Are you walking dead - or a peculiar treasure unto Himself? Are you Decaying - or the regenerate apple of His eye? It really is that simple. God bless.