You don’t have to be a Zombie to be a Christian.

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Have you watched those awesome movies about Zombies? I’ve watched some of them: I Am Legend, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead Series..

These movies/shows have virtually the same storyline: the world population will slowly die when a virus is accidentally released that then turns people into zombies. Then it becomes a worldwide disaster, a few will survive and fight back bravely, yadah yadah, yadah…

Part of the tension comes from scenes where the loved ones of the heroes turn into monsters. Their joy in life is lost. Their character is lost. Their memories are wiped out. Whatever was there before was gone, replaced by a mindless animal. They are reduced into walking, limping, salivating pieces of meat that couldn’t die, savaging every living thing that they come across. They’re still alive, but they’re also dead at the same time.

I truly hope that this would not be the case among Christians. Yes, we’ve been transformed into new creations— that of goodness, righteousness and peace. The past is gone, the new has come.

But it is the sin that is being purged in the Christian, not the person. God hates the sin, not the sinner.

It’s sad to see tribes losing their cultural heritage after converting to Christianity. They lose the traditional clothes, the tents, sometimes their entire cultural identity— in the name of Christianity. Everything is replaced by western things and ways of life. The tribesman might suddenly have an ill-fitting American suit. He might find some gadgets necessary when he could’ve lived without them in the past. The guy that his family and friends used to enjoy disappears and can’t seem to relate to them anymore. The new Christian fades from his world instead of giving off his light…

Being a Christian doesn’t mean changing into a template of character that isn’t you. Being saved shouldn’t erase who you are. It should, instead, lighten your load for your travels. Jesus will teach you in the Bible who you were designed to be and then show you the things that you don’t really need to carry with you in your journey.

But He won’t take away what makes you unique. You can still be a follower of Christ and be the life of the party. You get to keep your humorous ways, your quiet ways, your being a prankster, your love for certain kinds of music, your love for certain kinds of books, your love for certain TV shows, your preferences on food and worship. You get to keep your dreams of being the singer or actor or lawyer or doctor or athlete that you wanna be. You get to keep your family and friends too. You get to keep anything that doesn’t separate you from your Redeemer anymore. That’s the freedom you have received from the Lord. You’re no longer bound by laws and norms and public approval, but instead you’re counted as blessed by what Jesus did on the cross if you believe in Him truly.

Christianity isn’t mind control.

It certainly isn’t the zombie virus. It allows the person a lot of room for individuality. It doesn’t take over the driver’s seat in your mind. Instead, it gives you a higher calling— a better way of doing things. It also shouldn’t cause you to terrorize people like zombies do. It shouldn’t teach you to shove your theology down the throat of everyone you meet.

True Christianity doesn’t finger-point and tell people that they’re going to burn in hell.

If anything, it actually teaches you to be considerate of other people’s feelings. Instead of pushing people away, you become compelled to attract people to you and your God— even when it hurts. It will make you share your new life more by actions than by your words. And if you ever preach verbally, you do so in the gentlest way you can.

Pastor Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Ministries, said it this way:

“We are here not to isolate ourselves, but to infiltrate the world.”

We don’t expect everyone to accept our message of Salvation through Christ. Rejection and persecution is part of being a Christian. But let’s keep this in mind:

People who walk away from the Savior should do so only because of His message, and not because of His followers.