Are the zombies coming? Will the world be taken over by flesh eating dead people? Movies, video games, and educational materials are all warning us it’s just a matter of time. Did you know Amazon.com is actually selling zombie survival kits? Why all the hype about a Zombie Apocalypse?
The short answer is a Zombie Apocalypse seems to be an easy way to make a buck. That’s right. Zombie horror movies have been making a lot of money since they gained momentum in the late 1970’s with the box office hit Dawn of the Dead (costing $1.5 million and grossing $55 million of income). Not a bad return on investment! Of course, since the 1970’s everyone has jumped on the zombie bandwagon with movies, video games, and merchandising the idea of a coming apocalypse.
Well, I hate to pop anyone’s bubble but there is no such thing as a zombie! Yes, that’s right, there is no such thing as a living dead person who lives on the flesh of human beings. Sorry, it’s just not real! Of course, I realize this is not a news flash and most people understand that zombies are a joke. Unless of course, you have fallen so far off the zombie cart that your reality is blurred with fantasy.
That being said, the very fact that zombies are not real is why people like these movies and will pay money to see them. Some people just simply like the feeling of being scared, startled, or shocked as long as the threat isn’t real. Almost like the roller coaster experience that provides a feeling of fear (i.e. elevated heart rate, adrenaline rush, etc.) in a safe controlled environment. Because these scares have no “real” threat, they can be processed, talked about, and even laughed about later.
Although there are a number of theories as to why some people like to be scared and others don’t, what does God have to say about the topic? As Christians, is this something we should care about?
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
We see in scripture that it is important to guard our minds and what we allow ourselves to think about. This is because our thought life plays an important role in our walk with the Lord. Our actions will always begin with the way we think, either for good or bad. So for Christians, the Lord wants us to mentally be on guard. It is a daily challenge that we all face.
So when it comes to horror movies, the real issue isn’t fear, but what you are allowing yourself to think about. You can be scared during a movie because someone on screen is hiding and about to get caught. Or you can be scared because someone is being raped and tortured. Both instances provide a similar scary feeling, but I ask you, which one is pure, lovely, or commendable for you to think about?
This is where God wants us to take responsibility in making those godly choices even though we may like how it feels. In the long run, allowing ungodly thinking to go unchecked will only hinder your walk with the Lord. I recognize that this is not a one size fits all topic and requires each of us to make our own personal decisions before the Lord. But I also think we can agree that there are some basic topics (e.g., rape, torture, or murder) that are probably not the best for anyone and their walk with the Lord.
So the next time you think about going to another zombie or horror movie, think twice and ask God if you should be saving your time, money, and mind. I’m confident that as long as you are praying and seeking the Lord’s guidance, He will lead you to make the best decision.
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