The Zombie [I mean, Choice] Campaign!Posted: September 19, 2012
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go to hell. Matthew 5:29-30
All right, so I don’t like scary movies, pretty much ever. So even finding a picture to accompany this post freaked me out a little. So that picture of zombies, right above this paragraph? It’s creeping me out.
The main reason zombies are scary is that they don’t go away. They are mindless, brain-eating, unkillable, destructive beings that just won’t stop trying to mangle you up.
My husband, who is learned in the way of zombies and has read much on the subject, and has watched many hours of zombie footage, tells me there are different kinds of zombies, too. Some are kind of slow; some are insanely fast. Sometimes zombie-ness can be transmitted by biting/eating a victim; sometimes it’s in the air, a virus or something. Sometimes it’s caused by aliens and pods or something. But there’s one common denominator when it comes to zombie lore:
Those suckers just cannot be stopped. And they’re going to get you.
You try shooting them; no use. You lock yourself up in your house, board up the windows and doors; forget it. You unleash a nuclear arsenal at them; maybe. Probably not.
In his sermon on Sunday, Vince said that sin is kind of like zombies, in that while we were still zombies, Jesus died for the zombies, and we can now bury our zombie-selves in the backyard. But, Vince very sagely advised, when that zombie comes back (because as we all know, they will come back), and knocks on the back door, you shouldn’t open up and invite him/her in for a game of checkers. Because zombies don’t play fair; that zombie will start gnawing on your person.
If zombies are our sin, then Jesus is the (much) holier version of Woody Harrelson in Zombieland (which I did watch, actually, and really enjoyed, because it was funny and not scary): you do not invite zombies back in. In fact, you even don’t just board your house up against him. You go after that zombie, and you mangle *him* up.
In his instructions against adultery and lust, Jesus tells his disciples to take sin seriously. When it comes to sin, it’s not just a matter of shielding oneself from sin; it’s about taking real action and destroying that part of you that makes you sin.
Because that old self, that old part of us, is dead in Christ. And it needs to stay dead. We may have to crucify those sins over and over; we do have to continually put to death the sins that plague us, but we must do it, because it is only after death that we can see life, and see a harvest. It is only after burial that we can then experience birth, and enjoy the abundance of God’s Kingdom.
(BTW: You can to start your zombie eradication process by joining us in our Zombie Choice Campaign: The sermon series starts this Sunday, and Small Groups also start next week.)