Are You Living Dead?

A couple quick notes before I begin:

  1. I’m not endorsing or promoting the idea of horror films/games in this article. Extreme caution and Christian discernment needs to be practiced when selecting the movies you watch or games you play.
  2. When someone becomes a Christian they must “die to their old ways”  and “die to self” (check out Romans 6). That however, isn’t exactly what this post is about (at least probably not in the way you’re thinking)! If you want to read about being dead to law, and new life with Christ, check out Galatians 2.

What is this post about then? It’s about being careful not to become a zombie (a directionless, powerless, infection) ahh burrrn! As Christian’s we have a lot of responsibility. Being sharpened by the Bible, and tuned into God are extremely important. After all, non-believers are watching us. Our actions could have a positive or negative effect on people who don’t know Christ. If they don’t see Christ in us, then why would they want what we have? If we live just like everyone else, what separates us from the rest of the world?

Don’t be a zombie who says they are a Christian, but is passionless. Don’t spend all of your energy on TV, movies, sports, video games, and other things that don’t matter. Do you truly live for God? Does Christ saturate your whole life, or do you just clock in the minimum hours? How do you beat the zombie lifestyle? Keep reading to find out some of my thoughts…

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Some Symptoms of Zombitus

  • Busted Heart
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Boredom
  • Stunted spiritual and personal growth
  • Compromising morals
  • Making excuses for innapropriate behavior
  • Lack of fulfillment
  • Less understanding of God’s Word
  • No passion for chasing Christ
  • Increased status ailments
  • Green skin and stiff arms that point out in front of you (maybe this doesn’t really apply)

Along with many other things, these are a few negative effects of being a “zombie”.  I’ve heard it said that “you are who you hang out with most”. There can be truth to that, but I’m going to add to it by saying: You are also effected by where you spend most of your time (and you are what you eat, but that’s a little different).

Do you spend 3 hours a day talking trash on Call of Duty or boosting your spell-casting in Skyrim? How about watching an hour of Supernatural or Game of Thrones a day? There’s a difference between fun/enjoyable to the flesh, and good for your heart long term. Everything I listed above is highly regarded by fans, and incredibly entertaining to the flesh (that’s right, I just picked on the most popular stuff in media). All of it is also incredibly (if not inevitably) likely to drag you down, make you lose focus, and cause you to stumble in your walk with God.

Galatians 6:7-10 (NKJV)

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Maybe you never spend any time in front of the TV. Are you someone that is too busy for TV? Are you are spending all of your time at work and school? Work and school are both things that can be good! By no means am I saying that you shouldn’t apply yourself to your work and education, however, you need to apply yourself to finding balance. Spending time with God, praying, and reading the Bible need to be a priorities. Ultimately sowing to the Spirit is way more important.

Matthew 6:19-24 (NLT)

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.

But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Plants vs Zombies

Beware of Spreading Zombie Syndrome

Zombies spread infection like crazy. That’s why you always see them in giant mobs. When you’re a “zombie”, you can rub off on others around you. The world doesn’t need giant mobs of fruitless Christians, that live lives that show no evidence of their faith. The world needs Christians who are on fire, and actually have passion for Jesus. Help others, pray, read the Bible, be a Pilgrim.

If a new believer looks at all of his Christian friends and can’t see any difference between them and anyone else, he may think it is normal to be the same way.

I highly recommend watching the movie To Save A Life. Click here to watch a short clip from the film. This scene truly captures one of the biggest problems that Christians face.

If You’re Infected it’s Not Over

There is a cure for the problems listed above. You can have your life back, but it is going to take effort. Breaking free of “zombie syndrome” takes a lifestyle change. You have to flip flop some of your priorities.

A few weeks back I was watching a TV show every day. I limited myself to only one episode a day, but it still began to have an effect on me. I would think about different plot twists throughout the day, and my focus got all out of whack.

One day while watching an episode I was alarmed by a shockingly explicit sex scene. It hadn’t had this kind of content in it (at this level) prior, and it really caught me off guard. The images from the show were now stuck in my head, whether I wanted them or not (I didn’t).

So what did I do?

I decided to take a break from it the next day. The day after that I decided that I would feel better if I took one more day off. Everyday this pattern got easier, and it has been over a month since I last watched it. I don’t miss it, and I don’t miss how it made me feel.

The moral of that story is deliberate change. I didn’t just naturally want to stop watching that show, but I made a specific mental decision that I was going to do it even though I didn’t initially want to. Why? Because it was the right thing to do.

I see countless people who follow their harmful desires, with little thought about negative repercussions. People in this day and age seem to jump at the chance to do whatever is fun, easy, and self-indulging.

You can be better than that. Be like an honorable video game hero. Be strong, and make the right choice. Deliberately cut back on things that slow you down, and take time to seek God.

I suggest you consider starting a Bible study with friends. Prepare the Bible study, and invite some people over to have snacks and discuss it. Don’t know where to start? Well if you want something that is very interesting and detailed I highly recommend this Genesis study by Chuck Missler.

The crazy thing about the “zombie infection” is that the “spread of infection” can work the same way backwards. Living a life full of love can rub off on those around you too. Surround yourself with believers that are passionate, and be passionate yourself. Rise up, starting with your own heart.

You’re not done yet. Your reading assignment is John 15. Please do yourself a favor and check it out.

With love,

Caleb

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