“I can’t profess to understand God’s plan, Christ promised the resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something a little different in mind.” -Hershel Greene, The Walking Dead
“For God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
One of my favorite shows is The Walking Dead. I know, I know. It’s not the most “family friendly” of shows. Some might even question why a pastor would watch such a graphic, and sometimes gory, show.
But what I love about The Walking Dead is how it captures the spirit of the human condition- how broken people seek to survive in a broken world. How some are able to overcome their own foibles and rise to become heroes, while others with upstanding character fall from grace. Oh, and I enjoy the zombies, too!
That’s the way of life, actually, isn’t it? One reason I am Lutheran is because of our understanding of sin, and how it permeates everything. We too, like the folks of The Walking Dead, are a broken people living in a broken world. Although sometimes we may rise heroically, there will always be times when we fail miserably.
It’s like the Zombie virus. As Rick Grimes would say, “We are the Walking Dead!” There’s no escaping it, it will always catch up with the survivors in the show. And that’s the same for us when it comes to sin.
It’s as Saint Paul says, “So I find that, as a rule, when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me… I’m a miserable human being. Who will deliver me from this dead corpse? Thank God for Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:21-25).
Yes, thanks be to God for Jesus, who overcame death and the grave to bring life to the world. And in Christ, there is a kind of forgiveness that allows us to start over and begin again… and again… and again.
No, forgiveness doesn’t wipe away the evil we do, the brokenness of our lives. There will always be consequences that come with sin and evil.
However, Christ is able to take our brokenness and transform it, redeem it. Christ keeps sin and death from having the last word. And that is hope that can even overcome zombies!
Just a thought on this All Hallow’s Eve.
+pax et bonum