17 March 2016

Between the Living and The Dead – The Living Walking Dead

Greetings Dear Reader,

My friend who influenced this piece of writing and I both enjoy The Walking Dead television show.  Then again the writing is quite good.  Oh and the zombies are pretty awesome too. 

I have friends who believe there will actually be a zombie apocalypse some day.  I do not think that it will
come to that.  I do think that one of the undercurrents of the TV show is something that we miss entirely in reality.  Whatever causes the dead to reanimate is already in everyone.   Any death results in reanimation not just a bite from one already infected.

We are already infected with death.  We are condemned by our sin.  We are already the walking dead but do not see the dire nature of it.  Because the nature of our death does not reveal itself in the harsh and brutal way it does in comics and on the screen we do not see how virulent and hazardous it is.

We live in a death based ecology.  Things die to produce life.  From birth we march toward the grave.  All life must be tended or it dies.  Even in this shrouded existence life fights to emerge.  It wants to find a way.  Life will out even if it causes destruction to do so.  It cannot win on its own but it keeps pushing, piercing, and producing. 

It is in Christ that we find the answer.  We turn toward Holy Week with death shrouding us all and demanding its due.  We all have a date with Death.  He will call for us when he is ready.  The body will die but we can still live.  We can live in Christ.  This will not solve all our problems or cure our ills.  It will give us the chance we desire to go on.  It will keep death from a final win.

The problem is that it requires faith and that too is dying in our midst.  So many are setting faith aside and pursuing life in other ways.  I value all life.  We have adopted a culture where the value of life is based on what we want not life for its own sake. 

If I choose to follow Christ, and I do, he insists that I do so in faith.  He demands that I show others how to have life.  He compels me to help him turn death into the fighting chance to live.  Death looms heavy in the air but spring is coming in both reality and metaphor.    

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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