There has always been a fascination among our culture with idea of zombies. TV shows like “Zombie Apocalypse” and movies like “World War Z” play to this frenzy, and tt’s easy to see that our culture is drawn to the idea of what a post apocalyptic world would look like. Every once in a while, I wonder if there are any theological or philosophical benefits to these types of mediums. So here’s my take on the theology according to “World War Z”. (if you’re reading this and being a tight wad….stop it…its meant to be fun….also, the movie is PG-13…so mellow down)
1. On God- not much
God isn’t a present or talked about figure in “World War Z”. However, our main character has to have some notion of a Supernatural Force protecting him after being the lone survivor of multiple Zombie attacks, a plane crash, and several zombie bites—don’t worry, he was wearing protective sleeves made of Yellow Pages and duct tape (side note: at least in the post-apocalyptic future the Yellow Pages finally serve some redemptive purpose for its existence…take that Yellow Pages!).
2. On Sin- now we’re just reaching…
The Bible says that when sin entered the world, it resulted in death. Zombies are definitely a good metaphor for a Christian living in sin (i.e. living dead). Meh…not my best work.
3. Anything Redemptive?– maybe
There is a great progression in the Character Arc of our main character, Gerry. He starts out as a good Dad who is simply focused on protecting his family and keeping them safe in the middle of the Zombie takeover. He is conflicted about leaving his family to help find a cure for the Zombie virus, but is eventually forced into taking the job by the UN. By the end of the movie, even after realizing that his family is no longer in protective custody and could have all turned into zombies, Gerry sets out to find a cure for the greater good of all humanity. Gerry moves from selfishness to selflessness by the end of the movie.
So, in a slight way there is a Christian message in the middle of this Zombie epic. Tell me if I’m reaching here, but here’s my take:
In a world where sin is so prevalent, it can be easy for the believer to simply want to protect themselves and live in a Christian bubble. Yet, Jesus asks us to advance his kingdom, not try to protect it. Gerry is a good example of someone who receives the call to step out and do something brave and a make difference for the betterment of all people, but is scared of what that will cost him and his family. Jesus calls us to much of the same (well, minus the Zombies). He asks that we live dangerously, passionately and anything but passively.
If you made it this far, I hope you’ll comment below. Let me know if you saw the movie and agree with my take on it or not.