It’s no secret that zombies are very popular in our culture today. There are tv shows about zombies, movies about zombies, comic books about zombies and video games about zombies. Zombies are everywhere. So…why the fascination with them?
In this post I’m going to argue that it’s not really zombies (or the threat of zombies) that people are infatuated with. In fact, scientists have written exhaustively about the impossibility of zombies. I don’t really believe that people are seriously frightened about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaking out in the world and everyone finding themselves trying to survive it. However, the implications of such an apocalypse (no electricity, no internet, wandering and scavenging for food, and the general end of life as we know it) is what is really frightening to people.
Therefore the real fear in our culture is that of some sort of apocalypse ocurring that radically alters our lifestyle and makes us extremely vulnerable. Thus, the rise of apocalyptic movies, books, and television shows is evident as well.
If there is one thing that mankind is afraid of its having all of our securities (ahem, idols?) taken from us and having to live life the way its pretty much been lived throughout the history of the world: without electricity, without internet, without security. Vulnerable.
Our society is most afraid of being vulnerable.
Why is that? I believe because at the bottom of everyone’s heart is this very real idea that life is but a mist. We are here today and gone tomorrow (see Ecclesiastes). And since our culture has long ago rejected the idea of the reality of a just and holy God who transcends everything and holds the world in the palm of his hand…we’ve lost our sense of true security. We are vulnerable and naked (see Adam and Eve). And we’re ashamed. And we’re scared. And we’re frightened.
So we get obsessed with the threat of impending apocalypses. We think to ourselves, “Would I survive? How would I survive? What about my kids? Am I capable of surviving? What happens to me if I don’t survive?”
This fear is the curse of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned, they brought sin (along with all of its implications) into the world. We are now fearful, and angry, and jealous, and selfish and perverted and evil. And we are insecure. Therefore, God sent his son Jesus to this world to rescue us. Through his death and resurrection, He has brought those who turn to Him everlasting security. There will come a time where we will all die (unless Christ comes back first). But he has given us hope that there will be a true resurrection from the dead (and it will be much more glorious than being a zombie).
Jesus brings the hope that no matter what happens, no matter what apocalypse awaits us, that fear which we instinctively have of being insecure and vulnerable will go way forever in Christ. In Him there is safety. In Him there is rest. In Him there is peace.
So go watch your zombie shows and apocalypse shows and let Hollywood scare you. But realize that even if it does ever get that bad (it won’t)…Jesus is still on His throne. He hasn’t left. And He will reign forever.