Month: October 2013

LACK OF RELATIONSHIP

There’s a curiosity- but maybe not- about the apparent flooding of, and interest in, “zombies” in entertainment today. What is a zombie, technically, anyway? There are some good definitions and some bad ones, but the one that is best suited to TV viewers and our discussion here can be summed up as “the walking dead.”
It is not a wonder but, rather, a highly visible sign of the times that this apparent phenomenon is popular now. People enjoy and seek out what they relate to either consciously or subcon- sciously, or both. What do I mean? I mean– thoughtfully and not harshly—that people are interested in or drawn towards the fictitious living dead because they are alive in a physical sense, but totally without life in their spirits.
What causes this state of being alive yet dead? It is the absence of any relationship with the Source of all life- Almighty God, Jesus Christ (not false gods such as Baal, Chemosh or Dagon thousands of years ago OR Allah, Buddha, ourselves or any other modern god). Consider the following examples taken from the Bible that speak directly to this issue:
(a) EXODUS 5:2, But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice…? I do not know the LORD…”
(b) LUKE 18:2, “He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.’”
(c) JOHN 8:38, Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
(d) ACTS 17:23, “For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
(e) MATTHEW 7:23, “And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
(f) JOHN 7:28, “So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.”
(g) MATTHEW 8:22, “And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

In that last verse, what Jesus is saying sums up the other verses and is for those who are spiritually dead. He instructs them to care for their physically dead. He is not being flippant, apathetic, frustrated or anything like that. He is also telling those who choose life not to be held back by, or concerned about, those who have no interest in the eternal salvation of their souls and forgiveness of sins via Himself- the Savior of the world. In fact, the Greek word for “dead” used first in that verse is quite accurate, descriptive and on-target indicative of their spiritual condition (which, by the way, is revealed and observed in their outward everyday lives through speech, actions, habits, what they spend their time and money on, etc.). The word is NEKRŌS and it means: dead, lifeless, mortal, what lacks life, unresponsive to life-giving influences or opportunities, and inoperative to the things of God. Wow! Talk about hitting the nail on the head. It is no wonder that John 2:24-25 says this of the Author of Life, “…He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”

The daily observations of people all around us and all around the globe- including us if we honestly examine our hearts before God- as well as reading the headlines and watching the news reveal that most of the world are in the “walking dead” category and know nothing of God. And they’re okay with that. God isn’t. That’s why He sent Jesus to pay the ultimate, totally unfair (to Him, because it is meant for us) price of crucifixion and death on a cross in our place in order to show the depth of His love by His atoning, substitutionary sacrifice for you.

The only question left of real concern is this: Do you want to be a zombie continually until the Day of Judgment where torment, flames and regret lock you in that state eternally- or do you want everlasting life? Jesus is the door, the gate, the way and the truth! I am praying for you that you seek Him and His forgiveness while turning away from your life of sin. His free gift waits, but not forever.