Watch Out for the Zombies!
March 27, 2009 • By Ed Wrather
We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places. - Isaiah 59:9b-10 NKJV.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. - 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 NKJV.
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." - Ephesians 5:13-14 NKJV.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. - Romans 8:11 NKJV.
Did you know that it is very likely that there are zombies you will encounter, and that you will see walking around you every day? According to Dictionary dot com, one definition of a zombie is “the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.” Now that would be somewhat frightening to think that there may be dead people who look like they are alive, residing perhaps in the home next to yours. Just how are you to determine when you go to the grocery store, which checkout clerk is alive, and which one is dead - it is hard to determine just by looking at someone.
In December of 1979, it was published in the Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association that there is a “Walking Zombie Syndrome.” The condition was defined as those in which depression and withdrawal lead these individuals to unconsciously believe that they are dead. It is not really all that surprising that when these zombies are told that they unconsciously believe themselves to be dead, they persist in denying it even when their symptoms and behavior affirm the diagnosis. It is strange, but there are apparently thousands, maybe even millions of zombies walking around on the streets every day.
Even more strange than the Tennessee Medical Association’s zombie syndrome is the spiritual fact of the walking dead who are spiritually blinded by the god of this age (i.e. the devil - 2 Corinthians 4:3). Their condition is described very well by the prophet Isaiah “We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places.” These walking dead are those who are dead in their trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). In other words; they do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they have not been born again (John 3:3), and Jesus has not made them alive (Ephesians 2:1).
The good news is that there is an effective treatment for the spiritually dead. All that a spiritually dead person needs to do to be made alive, and have eternal life, is simply to believe upon Jesus Christ as their Savior (John 3:16). So, if you have a zombie residing next door to you, or even in the same home with you, why not tell them the good news?