What a better way to celebrate one’s birthday than discussing The Walking Dead? Well, there will (hopefully) be lying out on the beach, reading a story that transports me, and enjoying food and cake with close friends and family. I’m writing this pre-birthday to post on the actual day, so here’s a quick prayer that all that happens!
Anywho, as I went through my three-week binge to watch all TWD episodes from season 1 – 6, I started taking notes because there is A LOT of Biblical content in these shows. Here’s what I jotted down from Strangers:
Gabriel: The word of God is the only protection I need.
Rick’s Team: Sure didn’t look like it.
Gabriel: I called for help. Help came.
Rick’s Team: Do you have– have any food?
Gabriel: Whatever I– I had left, it just hit the ground.
Rick’s Team: We’ve got some pecans.
Gabriel: Thank you.
What struck me in this scene, is that Rick’s Team is the one who shows the pastor love. His faith, for a while now, has been without works. But, though Rick’s Team is not a group of pastors, they are showing what it means to be the Good Samaritan.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? ~ James 2:14 NLT
Rick: Why do you trust him?
Carl: Everybody can’t be bad.
I love that it is the innocence and purity of a child that continues to have faith and hope when we adults lose sight. It’s like God says, he uses the weak things of this world to shame the proud. Sometimes that means using children to remind parents of what’s true.
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27 NLT
Rick: You are not safe. No matter how many people are around or how clear the area looks, no matter what anyone says, no matter what you think, you are not safe. It only takes one second. One second and it’s over. Never let your guard down, ever. I want you to promise me.
Carl: I promise.
Carl: Dad. You’re right. I am strong. We both are. But we’re strong enough that we can still help people. And we can handle ourselves if things go wrong. And we’re strong enough that we don’t have to be afraid and we don’t have to hide.
What Rick says is true and needs to be told to Carl in order for him to survive and grow. However, Carl is right too. We can be strong, we can defend ourselves, we can be tough, but we can’t let fear drive us from loving people even if those people aren’t always going to pay back our love with love. We can’t be strong if we lose our soul, our humanity in the process. Then we just become filled with hate too.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ~ Luke 6:27-36 NIV