My first introduction to the concept of zombies came in the form of Creature Double Feature presentations each Saturday. This syndicated horror show began airing on the east coast in the 1970’s. Since I lived just outside of Philadelphia at the time, I was intrigued by the thought of watching movies usually reserved for theaters. About a decade later, the Hooters, a up and coming band from Philadelphia released All You Zombies, a single from their second album Nervous Night. Using biblical references from the Old Testament, the lyrics contain a stanza where the band asks God, “where have your children gone,” hiding in the dark. The context suggests fear, peer pressure and sin cause many human beings to become like zombies, void of the abundant life within John 10:10.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life, Matthew 27:51-52.
Recently, the fascination with zombies has been brought to the forefront through The Walking Dead on AMC. Premiering in the United States on October 31, 2010, this series uses a post-apocalyptic setting where Rick Grimes plays a sheriff deputy who awakens from coma only to find the world overrun by zombies. However, you don’t have to resort to Hollywood or science fiction to believe in zombies. All you have to do is read the accounts within the four gospels of the Bible to find the origin of the term zombies. Matthew was an eye witness to this strange but true event. In the minutes following Jesus’ resurrection, the bodies of holy figures mentioned in the body came out from their tombs. If the holy city refers to Jerusalem, the Night of the Living Dead wasn’t just a film that debuted in 1968. Rather, saints of the past walked through the capital of Israel either in grave clothes or in a resurrected form appearing to many people until Jesus ascended into heaven forty days later.
They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people, Matthew 27:53.
Thirty five years after the Hooters released All You Zombies, the call remains the same. As a chorus in this song proclaims, “You don’t have to hide anymore!” Sure, we all have hidden sins, secret scars or parts of your life that you are be ashamed. Nonetheless, God wants his children to break free of their past by coming toward the light of Christ. Many people wait as long as possible, hoping someone comes along to stand with them. Yet, faith requires trust, not walking by sight. Individuals must place their eyes toward heaven, praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you where to go and what to do. Perhaps, this is why a disciple introduced the readers of his gospel to the power of numbers, Matthew 18:19-20. When two or more are gathered, God’s power is unleashed. May this blog inspire you to come out of your comfort zone to serve God by using all of your talents and gifts.
by Jay Mankus