Capitalizing on Culture’s Focus

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Church, Evangelism, Movies and TV, Pastor, Preaching

9781e9e0-c634-698e-112d-5c720e4c6430_TWDS4_Gallery_Rick-Fen.jpgA recent article in the Wall Street Journal says, “By all observable metrics, zombies are totally hot right now.” Another article claims that zombies have become “outrageously, staggeringly, mindblowingly popular … Not only do they top best-seller lists and video games and the iPad, the undead dominate television, too.” With nearly 16 million viewers, The Walking Dead, AMC’s hit TV show about a world dominated by flesh-eating zombies, nearly outperformed the 2014 Winter Olympics. World War Z, a movie about a zombie apocalypse starring Brad Pitt, has so far grossed over $540 million.

So what’s the big deal with this zombie craze? One expert on zombie lore, Dr. John Ulrich, Professor of English at Mansfield University, says, “At its most elemental level, of course, the zombie represents our fear of death.” Stephen Marche, a cultural critic who writes for Esquire magazine agrees, but as an atheist Marche offers some honest thoughts about zombies and our death-fears. In his article titled “Why Zombies Are Everywhere Now,” Marche writes:

“After seeing dozens of zombie movies, I’m convinced that the reason zombies are so powerful is that they capture an atheistic fear of the dead. I don’t just mean the fear of dead bodies, though that fear is there, too … materialistic atheism … does not provide a very comforting way to deal with the dead. Christians and others have prayer and visions of an afterlife … Atheists like myself have rotting corpses and oblivion. And zombie movies” [Esquire, 6/19/13].

While I do not wish to draw attention to the subject of zombies or the variety of unusual subject matter in recent movie releases, I believe that believers should capitalize on our culture’s focus on these matters. These are clear indications that many people in our culture want answers to the questions that are on their hearts. However, they cannot know the truth unless God draws them to Himself, and they cannot respond to God’s truth unless someone tells them.

Therefore, we must pray for those we know who do not know God through Jesus Christ. We must be ready to share how Jesus changed our lives (a less than 2-minute testimony) and how they can know God through Christ themselves. I believe that God wants all people to come to know Him; however, He has chosen to use people to carry this out.

Comments
  1. I don’t believe in zombies and my lost friends don’t either. They are interested in finding out more about what makes us different from them as our friendships start to grow and we share the gospel with them through our words and our lives. We are supposed to make a forever difference in someone’s life!! I thought that’s what we were about. Am I wrong?

  2. I don’t believe in zombies either. But the point is that believers should not run away run from culture but use whatever we can to engage in conversations in order to share the good news.

  3. I am not running away from culture. I only mean that I haven’t run into any lost people that talk about zombies. My neighbors are lost and they don’t talk about these things. Although they are still watching to see how we live.

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