As American entertainment continues to delve into television and books featuring zombies, one Texas church has opted to have a sermon series with themes about the undead.
CrossPoint Community Church of Katy has featured a message series titled "CrossPoint vs. Zombies," which began on Sunday, March 3, and will culminate on Easter Sunday. Frank Hart, director of Creative Arts at CrossPoint, told The Christian Post that he believed usage of contemporary cultural trends is "provocative and attractional."
"The zombie series basically comes from two big ideas; the first is that zombie fiction is a huge cultural thing right now. From video games to "The Walking Dead" TV series, people can't get enough human flesh eating monsters," said Hart.
"Resurrection of the dead is a major Christian theme, and so is the idea of mankind being dead until we are made alive in Christ. Paul even says in Ephesians chapter two that we were dead in the trespasses in which we once walked. Walking Dead."
According to Hart, the first of the sermon series focused on "how we live in a culture of death" and "tied the idea of killing zombies with the mission of sharing the life that is found in Christ with people."
"In week two we proposed that if we do not feed on Christ and find our life in Him, then we will feed on each other and destroy people," said Hart. "Like any metaphor, it breaks down at some point and becomes silly. When it stops helping … then it's time to move on."
Hart also told CP about CrossPoint Community Church's plans for this coming Sunday and the conclusion of the message series.
"On Easter we have asked our congregation to bring all of their zombie family and friends to church with them," said Hart. "We have made a general call to our community to JOIN THE LIVING! We will be exploring what gives life meaning, and how we should live a life that matters by following Jesus."
The zombie-themed series has not been without its critics. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, some people commented on the church's Facebook page expressing concern that the focus on zombies takes away from focus on the Bible.
"Some have said that it is merely sensationalism. Others have said that lacks biblical depth. I believe that all of these accusations are untrue," said Hart.
"The church needs to stand up and be willing to speak to all of the darkness and ugliness in the world and shine the light of Christ into all of the shadowy places. I believe that cultural fascinations need to be brought under the lens of God's Word to be truly understood and redeemed."
Founded in April of 1998, CrossPoint Community Church is a multisite congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.