Bare with me. I just started watching The Walking Dead. Eek! I know. Don’t bite me! ;P
On Sunday, my parents and I binge-watched the first season, which is only six episodes. Be still my heart, I could barely sleep that night. But I LOVE the show. My dad’s friend has series 1 – 5 on DVD and lent it to us, so the plan is to get completely caught up before season 6. Can’t wait! But I may have to sleep with a nightlight for the next few months, lol.
With my newbee status, I don’t have a specific, in-depth analysis. (I could barely keep from screaming let alone take notes while watching.) But I did notice something that I find in my limited experience with zombie stories. The “Walking Dead,” especially so in Warm Bodies, seem to be an analogy for those of us who are living dead people. In Warm Bodies, it means that we do not have love in our hearts. Once love reignites, Life returns.
In The Walking Dead the living live in constant fear of being turned into one of the walking dead. They live in a world of living dead people, and they must guard themselves, their friends, and families too keep from losing them to this world.
To me, this sounds a lot like what it is to be a Christian. We find true life in Christ, but we live in a world where many have not or choose not to believe. We live in a world where we were the walking dead but found the cure in Him, the fountain of Living Water. But still we must guard against getting “bitten” and returning to living like we did when we were the living dead.
I’m not saying this is a perfect analogy, but it is what makes me love zombie stories. I’ll be very interested to see if, at the end of the very last season, whoever is left of the cast finds the “cure” and spreads it to all those they love and lost to the living dead.
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:1-10 NLT