We are ‘The Walking Dead’

Zombies are all the rage right now in entertainment. I am not immune to the draw of the zombie-pocalypse storylines as I count myself a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead. But as I have been consumed by stories of human survival against impossible odds these past 3+ seasons now, there’s one thought I can’t get out of my head. Without God, we are “The Walking Dead” — allow me to explain.

The Walking Dead cast. Photo courtesy of AMC.

When I watch the main characters – the ones still fighting to stay alive – I see in those people the human condition of good versus evil. Life versus death. Those still living represent people who have either placed their hope in something greater than themselves, or people that haven’t yet “given up on God”; or should I more accurately say, like all of us, God continues to pursue them.

What remains to be seen in the show, though, is will those already dead – the walking dead – ever get cured? Will they continue to aimlessly walk around and not even realize anything is wrong? Or worse yet, as this season seems to be portraying so far, will they grow ever more evil and bring more of the living over to their “life of death”?

Both of these sicknesses, walking in aimless ignorance and intentionally inflicting evil, are sadly represented in our world. So what’s the cure? I’m confident you know what I believe it to be —

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” — Romans 8:6 (ESV)

The “flesh” here represents our sinful natures, or stated more clearly, the desires and wants of this world. Put those things first and you are basically a “dead man walking”. Set your mind on the Spirit and you will have life and peace.