REAL LIFE ZOMBIES
About 35 or 40 years ago, there was a horror movie on television called, "Night of the living dead." I don't know what my mom was thinking when she let me watch it, but it was one of the scariest movies my young eyes had ever seen. It was by this director named George Romero, and it was all about the dead roaming the earth, a zombie apocalypse. Now we are in 2013, and it seems as though the world's fascination with the idea of zombies is stronger than ever. There are zombie video games, movies, books, songs, and t-shirts. If you google the word zombie, 251,000,000 results show up. Popular culture has made "zombies" into something novel and funny.
But I'm here to tell you that there truly are real life zombies walking amongst us right now. And what I'm talking about is far more frightening than any George Romero movie ever could be. And do you know what the scariest part of all is? Reader, you might even be one of them!
Real life zombies don't resemble the horror movie characters. They don't look like those dancers in that Thriller video. They look like your neighbor. They look like your family members. They look like you. Anyone who has not repented of their sins, asked for the Lord's forgiveness, and accepted Jesus Christ into their heart and life as their Lord and Savior is basically just walking this earth as the living dead. It does not matter how much money you have or how great your career is or how much you love your children. There are only two choices: either you have been born again and quickened (made alive) with Christ, or you are dead in trespasses and sins and just going through the motions of living while here on earth, a real life zombie, with death and hell as your ultimate destination. God's Word tells us this. God's Word says that we must be born again:
John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
John 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
Ephesians 2:1-6, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
Colossians 2:13, "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses."
The verses above make it plain. A person is either part of the living dead or they have been born again. Which one are you? I repeat, WHICH ONE ARE YOU? One way to know if you have been born again is to take inventory of your life. Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your life and save you? After you said those words, did any changes take place? Did you begin to yearn to live as the Lord says you should live in His Holy Word, or are you still fashioning your life after the heathen of this world? Are you a new man or woman, someone who is no longer drawn to and serving sin? It is called being "born again" because something new, different, fresh should have transpired after the Lord Jesus entered in and gave you a new heart. These verses below tell us this:
2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Timothy 2:19, "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
Romans 6:13, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
1 John 3:7-9, "Little children, let no man decieve you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
So If you are still fornicating, lying, cheating, stealing, getting drunk, smoking weed, cursing, viewing pornography, or breaking any of God's other laws, the works of the devil obviously have not been destroyed in you. That is not how a truly born again person would be living. You are still a servant of sin, a child of disobedience, and a real life zombie. And you are in a very scary place because the longer you stay amongst the living dead, the harder your heart becomes. You can end up being so dead, so past feeling that you no longer have the capacity to even see or care about your sinful hellbound condition. You will begin to believe a lie, a delusion that states that what is wrong is right. Your reprobate mind will lead you to all sorts of lasciviousness, wickedness, false gods, and you won't see anything wrong with it. Then ultimately one day you will find yourself dead and in hell.
In the zombie movie that I saw as a child, the worst thing that happened to the zombies was they were shot in the head and died again. But for the unsaved, delusional, living dead of this world, even death is not the end. There is an eternity of suffering that awaits those who are never truly born again. Matthew 25:41,"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."
DON'T BE A ZOMBIE. Repent of your sins and arise from the dead before it's too late. Ephesians 5:14-16, "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
In conclusion, I wanted to share a few cautionary words to those of you who are my brothers and sisters in Christ who have already been born again. It is regarding the real life zombies that are all around us. The Lord gives us a spirit of discernment, so I'm sure that you can recognize the evil that is covering the land. Well, I've noticed that the old expression is true: Misery loves company. The dead people of this world want you to be dead right along with them. No, they are not trying to bite you with their teeth like the zombies in the horror movie I saw, but they will entice and encourage you to keep living that same dead man life. The places they want you to go, the people they want you to be around, the activities they want you to take part in, the ideologies they want to share with you, it is often fodder of the dead. Wicked people love the darkness, and they will try to bring you into the darkness with them.
You can pray for and witness to your unsaved family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, but there may very well come a time where you have to distance yourself from them. The bible tells us this in many different verses. Matthew 10:35-36, "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Proverbs 4:14-16, "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall."
Psalm 26:5, "I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked."
Psalm 140:4, "Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings."
2 Timothy 3:13, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
Philippians 3:18, "For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things."
3 John 1:11, "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."
The above verses instruct believers to enter not, follow not, avoid, will not sit. Take heed! Witness to the wicked, but if they turn not from their wickedness, knock the dust off your sandals and keep on stepping. The world truly is a congregation of dead individuals, and they would love nothing more than to add you to their roll.