I saw the movie “Warm Bodies” last weekend. I have to say it was cute, and I actually found threads of sermons woven throughout the story. Yes, it is loosely based on the “Romeo and Juliet” story, but I couldn’t help noticing the recurring theme of “redemption,” “grace,” and “love” throughout.
This is a story of a young man who is a zombie – infected with some type of massive plague. He has genuine remorse for the fact that he has to eat people to survive and that his hunger for live flesh is so tremendous. To atone for that, he eats their brains specifically so that they don’t wake up a zombie the next day. To him, that is the “humane” thing to do. Plus, he inherits their memories and that is the only time he “feels truly alive.”
The crux of this story, however, is when he meets a young woman who is part of the remaining human resistance to the zombie outbreak. He sees her and feels ‘alive’ and is drawn to her. After saving her from other zombies out to eat her, they begin this interesting bond, creating a unique friendship and, eventually, love. It’s through this relationship that his heart begins beating again and, as his zombie friends look on, their hearts begin beating again, too. They are slowly being cured of their ‘lifelessness’ and feeling alive!
The real interesting part of the move were the “boneys,” which were these icky skeleton-like scary things that were beyond thought or remorse and almost looked like evil demons. Even the zombies steered clear of them. When the zombies began ‘healing,’ the boneys started chasing them and trying to squash their hope. The zombies fought back alongside the human resistance, and all things were well in movie land.
I know my short blurb explaining this movie didn’t do it credit, and for that I apologize. But the essence of it is what caught me. The lifelessness felt by these zombies was revived through hope and love. Is that not what we have in Christ Jesus? How many of us were once ‘the walking dead’ only to be revived by the salvation and grace given to us by Jesus? Although the movie was a bit wonky (and I’m not sure why they had to throw the few curse words in there – it wasn’t needed), the message was powerful . . . or, at least, the message I received was powerful.
Let’s not let the devil squash out our hope. If you are feeling dead inside, or lacking the spark of life that the light of Christ can bring you, open yourself up to that life! Just as the main character’s transformation began transforming those around him, so can we transform the world through our faith in Christ and our response to that faith. We really can transform the world through Jesus Christ, one zombie at a time :).