Barricaded Survivors

Barricaded Survivors

Some of the best zombie plots are centered small group of survivors, stranded with few weapons and supplies, that eventually make their way to some large center of commerce, where they barricade themselves against the attacking undead.

When looking at the theology of zombies, this plot can provide an amazing analogy to what life in modern society is like.

We, the survivors, have determined not to be taken over by the virus teeming through the population around us. The virus looks a bit different to different people, but typically results in complacency, apathy, and creative death.

We have few weapons at our immediate disposal. A few random baseball bats we have armed ourselves with to assert our creativity, one or two pistols of focus and desire that can hold off the laziness around us. We have even fewer supplies: a few spare loaves of bread in our satchels that are the fuel of our sympathy towards the world around us; maybe one or two cans of beans in the bottom of our sacks, the memories and successes in our past that keep us moving towards the goal of healthy living.

But where our plan, and ultimately the plan of many a zombie movie team, fails is that we are barricaded in the very place that will be our downfall. In the movies, it is a mall, a grocery store, an amusement park. For us, we force ourselves into the most virus-friendly locations possible. We try and be creative in the middle of checking Facebook and our email every two minutes. We try to be sympathetic to others, but surround ourselves with apathetic people.

We barricade ourselves against a virus in a room filled with the virus.

If we are to survive, if we are to remain thriving, living, creative creatures, we must be intentional about putting ourselves in situations where we have every possibility to survive. If we know we are more likely to succumb to the bite of an apathetic zombie, then we should make sure our team of survivors includes people already immune to that virus, or at least familiar with fighting it. If we know that we can be quickly distracted, a sure-fire way for our creativity to be overtaken by the virus of complacency, we should make sure to not barricade ourselves in a roomful of distractions.

There is always one survivor that lives the longest, that holds out to the very end and lives to fight another day. What changes can you make in your own life to make sure you are that one?

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  1. Your comments and questions are posed at a poignant time in the church year — a time when many are working to loosen the bonds that the world has upon us, a time of discipline, focus and diligence in hopes that our spirits will once more become receptive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and we can commune more intimately with our Lord. We find ourselves in the midst of the Lenten journey towards the holiest week of the year, when we walk together with the One who has given us, that is – the entire world, the antidote to the zombie virus.

    Some folks are satisfied to let your final question here be the only one they ask of themselves: “What can I do to make sure I’m not of the world?” If this is the the only thing we ask ourselves, then Lenten disciplines, and for that matter our brand of Christianity, add to the self-centeredness that threatens to consume our society. Part of the discipline of Lent, however, is not only self-reflection, but also reconnection with the world around us.

    Part of survival is individually re-connecting to the Source of Life, yes, but ultimately we strive to retain life so we can aid in bringing it to others. The life we have, that which we have received, is not for us to keep. I hope we remember this as we contemplate the changes we will make in our lives…

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