So, I don’t know if i just started to notice this phenomena, or this has just become prevalent in the last few years. There have been a lot more cultural artifacts relating to Zombies coming out in the last few years. I think i have sort of figured out why, but this is just my own meandering mind at work on something that may just mean nothing. As I sat and watched “Zombieland” a couple of weekends ago with my girlfriend, i noted something which caught my attention. I noticed this probably because of the work that i had been doing in my own life. So I noticed that so many of us have become zombies of sorts. We lead our lives day in and day out going through the motions. Waking up, going to work, coming home, dinner, a bit of tv, rinse and repeat. I don’t want this to be my life. I don’t want to be zombie. God did not come so that i can be a happy zombie. God came so that I may have life and have it too the fullest. I really started to think about this in the last couple of weeks. I have started to play this board game my friend turned me on to. It’s is accurately and coincidentally named “Zombies!!!”. As i have played this maybe 4 times now. I started thinking about how every time we play it how we as a culture have become about “killing” these zombies. I don’t know of a single Zombie movie with “I am Legend” in exception (but they have said it isn’t really zombies) that ends with someone finding the cure for Zombie-ness. So is it really impossible to become Human again after turning into a zombie? I say no it isn’t. (I think i should write a good “Christian” Zombie movie) I mean think about it we have the chance to change our lives. That is the wonderful news about free will! God has not given up on us! God loves us! God believes in us! So why are we zombies? Why are we the walking dead? I think because this life has become so ingrained in us that we no longer fight for the things that we believe to be right and true. I will tell you what I believe to be right and true. I believe that God has asked us to create Heaven on earth. Jesus himself said, “The kingdom of God is near!” It is and all we have to do is strive toward it. I mean seriously we need to stop overlooking the poor, we need to stop judging others, we need to love our brothers and sisters, we need to expand our families, we need to care for all of creation! WE NEED to BE the KINGDOM! I believe that is the Good news. The true Gospel that we show with our lives. WE show the world that God has not given up on us! I love this St. Francis of Assisi quote, “Preach the Gospel to all the world, and if necessary use words!” So my point is don’t be a zombie. Don’t live your life without standing up for the Kingdom. Do what Christ asked of us. LOVE! (oh and ps that is why my facebook status has recently said stuff about being a zombie)
Today was the last morning of National Youth Workers Convention. I think that Francis Chan summed up the whole meta-narrative of the conference this morning. He said, “I have this odd feeling recently, the feeling like everybody is just on edge.” Despite the fact he was getting at something completely different. I do believe that he was right in that the Church is on edge. It is on the edge of a new reformation, I am not just saying that because I am Presbyterian. I heard the same story over and over this weekend. We need to start thinking more, judging less, and telling the true Gospel. The Gospel that God loves us and there is nothing we can do to change that. NOTHING!!!!
Too often we are too hasty to judge. We claim that God loves us and that doesn’t change though we are hasty to kick people to the door because they are: gay, a sinner, homeless, dirty, etc. What is incredible is that people seem to take offense to this. I think for too long we have been spouting this mantra “Love the sinner, Hate the sin.” Instead of helping us to love people it has just lead to more hate. I think we just need to love the sinner.
I have noticed to often in the church we become so self conscious about our image and our relative “Safety” that we change our story. I feel like i am in danger of doing so as well, but that is a different story for a different day. Our story becomes get yourself right with God before you come in. We can’t keep doing that. We aren’t right with God ourselves either. Our story has been oh God is our victory. God makes things alright and hunky dory once you come to God. That is a giant lie. HUGE! This lie has lead the church to become complacent and comfortable in the zombie-esc lives we lead. We are quite comfortable living our lives the way they are. Sitting in our pews week-in week-out without doing anything to change the world around us. Honestly, I don’t care if you believe in a rapture or not, but that one piece of (really bad in my opinion) eschatology does not give you the right or the excuse to do nothing about our current state, environment, etc. God commanded us to change the world through the love that God has showed us. God commanded us to show that God has not given up on the world, that God is still in the business of creating through us. Creating a world that we would be proud to call home.
So here we are at the edge. I think it is make or break time. If we don’t proclaim it, the very rocks will cry out with the message that God has not given up. This convention showed me that it is time to get out of my computer chair and get up do something about social justice. Be more proactive for the needy, the downtrodden, the marginalized, and the unloved. I wish I knew how. It is a process that is for sure and I will do everything i can to make sure that we are doing the work. I want to tell a better story with my life. I want the Church to proclaim the good news (Gospel if you will) that God loves us and there ain’t nothing we can do about it! GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON YOU!!!!!! Don’t give up on God. God believes in us. I think its time we earn that trust…