Tomorrow is Halloween and after the sun goes down I will be walking door to door around Copper Canyon Elementary School with my eleven-year-old daughter and three of her sixth grade friends. They will all be dressed as Ballerina’s with matching Pink Tutus. I will be wearing whatever I had on when I left my office. I am going as a middle age dad.
I am expecting to see lots of Zombies tonight. Zombies are everywhere these days, they are just killing it (pun intended.) My local Starbucks Baristas where talking about their plans for Halloween this morning when I went in for my morning Venti Dark Roast. They are all going to a ” Walking Dead ” party tonight. Just imagine a whole room full of Uber Cool Zombie Hipster Baristas. I left Starbucks this morning pondering two questions, do Zombies move any faster after a few Espressos and why are Zombies so trendy and appealing to the adolescent and twenty something crowd?
What is a Zombie?
A person who got infected or sick with something that left them dead on the inside but walking on the outside.
Someone who is vacant, hungry and mobile.
Someone no longer aware of themselves or of the victims they are consuming.
Someone who wanders and gathers in groups with other Zombies
Someone who even half dead still resembles a Fully Alive person.
It is hard to kill a Zombie or to cure a Zombie. They are very numb and very hungry.
Zombie characteristics are visible everywhere in our culture. I am pretty sure there were some Zombies at the High School dance my older daughter went to last week. A large group of people gathered in the dark, some of them appeared very numb on the inside but very hungry on the outside. There was a fair amount of groping and grabbing within the mob of students while the Chaperones cruised the perimeter and attempted to keep order. Zombies are bit distracted by their appetites and the more they gather the hungrier they get.
It would be great if the Zombies only came out on Halloween. If being a Zombie was just about a costume and not a condition.
Zombies are popular but they are not new. Jesus talked about a condition that left people dead on the inside and hungry on the outside.
He talked about appetites and thirst that drive us and consume us
but never meet our deepest needs or connect us to one another.
He spoke to mobs of Spiritually dead people inviting the half dead to become Fully Alive.
We are His followers; His men and we are called to do His Ministry.
My daughter had fun and did a great job at the dance Friday night. She can spot a Zombie and she can handle a Zombie.
How about your daughter?
The only thing harder on a girl than a Zombie Hipster is a Zombie Dad.
Lets make sure that as fathers and men we are Fully Alive.
Our daughters deserve nothing less, let’s keep at it.
Grace and Peace
Dr. Don Worcester