with Jan Allbritton
Zombies! October is the month that lots think about such things as Zombies, but who would expect Pastor Jeremy to preach on Christian zombies in our church on Sunday? Uh-huh, he did! He taught on Christian Zombie-ism and how to avoid an apocalypse of such.
What is the definition of a Christian Zombie? A Christian who misrepresents the love of Christ by indulging non-Christian attitudes and actions that hurt others.
In other words, we say that we are Christians, but we sure don’t look like Jesus in our everyday lives.
As Jeremy stated, there are many symptoms that are easy to recognize.
The first symptom is a severe case of plank eye. That is you are so busy noticing everyone else’s small faults and not noticing your own huge flaws.
He also remarked that another symptom was uncontrolled criticism. You are critical of everyone and every thing. Did you know that criticism is contagious? If you practice it, your children will do so also.
Rudeness is another obvious symptom. Rude seems to be the new popular thing to be, and everyone is exposed to it. How did you act the last time someone got your food order wrong? Did you treat them like they were a dummy? Do you thank the waitress and treat them with respect, or do you act like you are entitled to royal treatment?
In addition to being rude, others don’t have lock-jaw but an unlocked jaw of gossip. Do you spread rumors about others or take delight in the latest story of old so-and-so? Does your facial expression or your body language exhibit disrespect to someone else?
Do you make fun of someone who doesn’t agree with you?
When we exhibit these symptoms, we are not showing the love of Christ. In fact, most folks don’t want anything to do with Christ because of the way some of His so-called followers act! I have heard countless stories of how so-called Christians were ugly to someone, and that someone years later wouldn’t go to another church because of that trauma.
So how do we prevent Christian zombie-ism from happening to us? We first yank the plank out of our eye. As is written in Matthew 7:5, “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”
Next, we replace criticism with a healthy dose of compassion. See others through the eyes of Jesus. Make a point to say something nice to others around you, even if you don’t have to do so. Keep your negative comments to yourself.
Then, make respect a daily part of your life. It is written in 1 Peter 2:17,” Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.”
Even if you are right and you act rude, then you are wrong. You are to speak honestly, not with hostility. When you disagree with someone, you are to be respectful, not ruthless.
Husbands and wives could take a course in how to teach their spouse- with respect and dignity, not tacky and mean.
You and I are to take a daily dose of the vitamin Humility. It is written in 1 Peter 5:5-6, “…God opposes the proud but favors the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God…”
One of the best ways to allow humility to surface is through servanthood. Jesus came to earth to serve, not to be served. He is the perfect example of what we are to be. He wants us to have a servant’s heart.
Humble people do not think that they are too good to do something.
They are willing to serve wherever they are needed.
The Word of God is to be our moral compass, and Jesus Christ is to be our example to follow. We are to be the salt and the light to the rest of the world. In order to do that, we need to live a spirit-filled life, and not be a zombie to the rest of the world.
So for this week, let’s make a point of getting rid of zombie attitudes in our lives, and be what we are called to be – “little Christs.” Christian means little Christ. Now, that is what it is all
about- being a little Christ to show others the way to Christ.
Live your life in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.