I should watch The Walking Dead.
All of my students watch it.
In spite of all those reasons, though, I don’t watch The Walking Dead. Actually, more appropriately, I can’t watch The Walking Dead.
I don’t mean can’t as in I don’t have cable so I can’t watch the series. It’s on Netflix and I’m sure I have no shortage of friends or students with cable who would be willing to show me new episodes. I mean I can’t watch it because it will give me nightmares and keep me up at night, not just on Sundays but every other day of the week as well.
I hate zombies. They scare me, like literally scare me. I know they don’t exist but the rational centers of my brain are overcome with fear when it comes to zombies. I watched the trailer for World War Z and I woke up in the middle of the night because of zombie nightmares.
I know the Bible says that we shouldn’t be afraid, but even the Bible has zombies.
I don’t really live my life with much fear. I trust that God will provide for me and that he has my best interests at heart.
When we were forced to take a pay cut at church, I wasn’t afraid.
When I took students on a mission trip to Honduras, I wasn’t afraid.
When Alycia and I talk about our future and having kids, I’m not afraid.
But any time I see a zombie, think about a zombie or hear someone talking about The Walking Dead, fear overtakes my body. I get paralyzed with fear, like a corpse waiting to come back to life. I know God can calm and allay my fears, but why invite those fears into my life?
If something frightens us or makes us doubt God, we shouldn’t invite it into our lives. Sure, God can calm our fears and cure our doubts, but why start down that road in the first place? God also provides a way out from the temptations we face, but that doesn’t mean we should look for ways to be tempted.
I know it’s silly and completely irrational, but I am scared of zombies. I won’t ever watch The Walking Dead. The only zombie I need in my life is a Jewish carpenter, who came back to life and ascended into heaven.
What are your thoughts about The Walking Dead?