The Walking Dead is a critically acclaimed television series that premiered in 2010 featuring a group of survivors in Atlanta, Georgia trying to survive the onset of a zombie apocalypse.
When I first saw the introductory episodes it was well made and scripted with insight into the human condition where the zombies were a plot device that illuminated the whole idea of what it means to be human. The first season was at times brutal and tender. I purchased the DVD for season 1.
Two or three seasons in and the plot device was wearing a little thin and bloody. It’s all well and good using a zombie apocalypse to explore human relationships however the emphasis on horror and gore was becoming unpalatable.
I understand the fascination with what Scripture records about the end of the world. If I take popular culture as any indication of what people are thinking, most of us share an unshakeable notion that things are going to go way pear-shaped sometime in the future. In Jesus’ prediction of the end times he did say that “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:22 NIV)
Watching the first few episodes recently it suddenly occurred to me that the gore of the series did not sit well with me anymore.
The series seemed to go beyond referring to violence as a lesson and revelled in the blood and guts. I decided that I could no longer watch it and I also didn’t want to give it to someone else. It ended up in the garbage bin and that Tuesday was taken to a municipal landfill where my hope is that it is covered in other garbage and failing that, that a flight of seagulls with the runs have bombed it into oblivion.
I don’t believe that God would ever allow zombies to exist. For all the evil in the world that man visits on himself and all the scorn man pours out on God, zombies seem like a mockery of resurrection and therefore distinctly unbiblical.
The following test by Paul is helpful to me, from Philippians 4:
“8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”