By Direction and cinematography both by George A. Romero –
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Ok, this is a long lesson but you don’t get too many devotionals about zombies. I know you are tempted to just click “like” and go look at a video of cats dressed in raincoats but I also know you like to learn and you are “readers”. Please take 10 minutes and read this. It will be as healthy as a 5K run or a kale smoothy.
So, I’ve been listening to an audiobook called, “Until the End of the World”. It’s a zombie/apocalypse. It’s not at all what I expected and not my cup of tea but I bought it so I’m listening to it. There are zombies in the book but it’s really about the character of people and how a person’s true character comes out when placed in an unexpected, confusing and dangerous setting.
It’s funny how zombies are everywhere! An old meme said, “I look at friends and wonder what alien is living inside them — who has sucked out their brains or reprogrammed them. I can lean toward hysteria if I allow myself, but I just remind myself that Jesus is my rock. My salvation is not affected by this craziness.”
I heard what one of my grandsons is learning in school and I think zombies; zombies in suits. What is this craziness? TV shows about the “ mysteries” of the Bible are at an all-time high. “Deep questions” are asked by men with baritone, authoritative voices asking, “Did Jesus have a child, was He married to Mary Magdalene, is the book of Judas true and what about the book of Bartholomew?” These topics go on and on. “Is the Roman Catholic church at the end of its existence because a priest in the 11th century listed the names of future popes and the current pope is supposedly the last one?”
At least once a week I read on Mashable.com or Yahoo.com I read that a new scientific or archeological discovery has been made that will forever change physics or history as we know it, and people believe this stuff. Like a bunch of zombies, the dead eat the living.
Give me a break. You see, “…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;…” (1 Co. 1:27). And, “It is because of him [God] that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” (1 Co. 1:30)
Christianity is not about gossip, supposition or intriguing speculations. Christianity is about Jesus and the power of the cross. The stuff you hear on TV is like the stupid question “Jesus Freaks” asked back in the 1960s. “Can God make a pizza so big He can’t eat it?” The answer was “yes, then He eats it.” Silly.
Yes, I was part of the Jesus Movement with the denim jacket and a “One Way” patch on one of the sleeves. I never left home without some Bible tracts in my pocket. I may have given you one!
So, here are some verses from 1 Corinthians, chapter 1 that you can rest in:
We are called to Jesus. We don’t decide to accept Him based on eloquent arguments: 1 Corinthians 1:26 (NIV), “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.”
We are each called for a purpose: 1 Corinthians 1:1 (NIV), “Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…”
We are called to be sanctified and holy: 1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV), “ to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people…”
God confirmed who Jesus is: 1 Corinthians 1:6 (NIV), “ God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.”
God called you to Jesus. You didn’t call Jesus to you: 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV), “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God’s truth about Jesus is confirmed with power: 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
We should not allow experts to sway us: Don’t let the wisdom of scientists, social media experts, or good zombies of this world plant questions in you: 1 Corinthians 1:20 “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
Finally, from 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NIV), “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
Yes, zombies are real. We are surrounded by the walking dead. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV)