Ah, The Walking Dead.
No, really–hear me out.
People–including myself–flipping love this show. It’s not really about zombies.
Okay, it is a little about zombies.
But seriously, here’s the synopsis: junk has hit the proverbial fan. Life, as everyone knew it, changes overnight. Disgusting zombies are shuffling all over God’s green earth and the world has gone to pot. Random people are thrown together–and they take care of each other. They fight against a very tangible evil, one they can quite satisfyingly kill. They get stuff done and stay alive against all odds. (Well, some do, anyway.)
It’s practically the feel-good show of the century.
Oh, that real life were as carefree as surviving a zombie apocalypse! Bad guys would be easy to identify and annihilate. People would have honor. Friends would die for you.
Unfortunately for the show’s characters, things don’t stay simple. After about a year of that zombie mess, there’s still a crudton of “walkers”, as the zombies are called. There are also groups of people who go around bullying and looting and killing, and the good guys have to be on guard 24/7, because the living are just as dangerous as the dead, if not more so.
There’s no zombie apocalypse going on right now that I know of. But I am a little scared for our country. What’s with Washington? Why aren’t those chuckleheads fixing all our problems and doling out the free stuff? Why can’t they see eye to eye on any stinking thing?
Oh, P.S. I had a three-hour intense political debate with my dad the other day. The only thing I’m sure he got from it was a heart attack because my point was a hard one to make.
People, I have no faith in the government. None. I voted for what I truly felt was the lesser of two evils in that last election, knowing that I wouldn’t be happy with either outcome. I hope in the years to come, a noble someone (preferably with common sense) will emerge and run for office…though I am doubtful.
But here’s the thing of it: God’s on the job. He sees everything coming. He takes kings out of power and puts new kings in power. He sometimes also gives people what they want so that they can see what they need–which is Him.
I’m not saying that we should all just call it a day just because God’s gonna do what He’s gonna do. We still have to stand up for what we believe to be right. Healthcare needs an overhaul. Sick people should be able to go to a doctor, right? Surely the army of wealthy, educated, grown men and women in Washington should be able to think up–and agree on–a more logical and more mathematically sound solution than the one currently on the table. Surely.
The system needs an overhaul. Governments should not shut down because they can’t agree on how to spend money they don’t even have. Both parties need to pull the sticks out of their booties because this mess is straight disheartening.
The American way needs an overhaul. Less is definitely more, and bigger is not always better. We have (collectively) become greedy, gluttonous. Lazy. Lustful. We accept welfare instead of working two jobs. We eagerly apply for loans that will take us our whole lives to pay back. We are so swollen with pride over our own successes and accomplishments, and we judge fellow humans who are on different journeys. We lose touch with the One who gives us air to breathe and strength to stand.
Life as we know it is changing, whether we like it or not. We may not be chopping down zombies, but there is a very real battle going on.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
We are not guaranteed a life of happiness and ease. In twenty years, Mexico might own us, there will be no gas for anybody and we’ll all ride bicycles, and the government will be trying to brain wash us with mandatory TV programming and Cherry coke laced with mind-controlling drugs that comes out of our faucets instead of water. I will still love God and God will still love me. I will take care of others and I will fight for what’s good. That’s called some peace, right there.
We are not owed anything, no matter how hard we worked, or how thoughtfully we planned ahead. No matter how good we were, what we did or did not do. Nothing here is ours.
But Jesus knows His sheep, and we are not alone, no matter what happens.