I’m prepared for whatever 2012 might bring even if it’s a zombie apocalypse. The more I research, the more I discover that a good portion of the population is ready for such a catastrophe. I’ve found countless videos and books on weapon selection, outfitting vehicles, zombie-proof fortresses, and all kinds of survival techniques. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta even has a page dedicated to prepare for a zombie attack. My studies have led me to formulate four basic principles to survive: Unite, Defend, Attack, and Live.
Tonight in youth group we’re starting a series called How to Survive a Zombie Attack to share what I’ve learned over the last month. Initially the idea came from a church that ran their Junior High Camp with that same theme. Their website only provided a title and graphic, so it’s quite clear this church has some survival secrets they are unwilling to share. I intend to share my knowledge over the next four Wednesday nights at youth group and will post my findings here as well. Oddly enough it seems that the keys to surviving the future apocalypse are also keys to thriving in present life. Thus you can implement these principles with or without impending doom.
The first basic principle: Unite.
The zombie apocalypse will most certainly come about as the result of a deadly virus. This virus will spread quickly leaving victims with less than 24 hours to live once infected. An individual will experience an intense high fever followed quickly by a coma and death. Though most basic life functions and organs have ceased working, the virus overtakes the brain and reanimates the body shortly after death. By then their soul has departed as well and what’s left is a mobile, lifeless body seeking to spread it’s viral death.
Much of the population will succumb to the virus and especially in urban areas. The close quartered cities will become a viral petri dish. Survivors will live by fleeing to rural or high-elevation areas. At this point survivors will have some choices to make. This is where the first basic principle comes into play. You must unite.
Life is not meant to be lived alone nor is a zombie attack meant to be survived alone. You must find others and unite. I say “unite” because it’s not enough to merely congregate. Survival of the human race depends on being of one mind and one purpose.
Differences are laid aside because survivors are united by a shared vulnerability. Grace and acceptance flow freely as each survivor knows that life is short. Everyone hurts. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has lost. And everyone needs to be saved. This shared vulnerability produces a bond that cannot be undone. As governments have collapsed, everyone becomes family not through law, but through love and compassion.
Unity is strong because there is a collective commitment to hope. It’s the hope that life can still be fruitful and that better days are ahead. As they work together and encourage each other, survivors’ hope is fueled by every living person they encounter along the way. Outsiders are welcomed with open arms.
The community believes that hope is the ultimate contagion, and they seek to spread it faster and farther than zombies could ever spread the killer virus.
In these last days, survivors are united in purpose and they don’t squabble over workloads or petty differences of opinion. Their guiding light is the purpose to which they hold. Nor do they sit idly because they realize that all ventures outside of their group’s purpose are fleeting. Training and working together to achieve the common goal is empowering and energizing.
Shared vulnerability brings survivors together, hope keeps them going, and unity in purpose guides their path. This is the first key to surviving. Unite. Your life depends on it.
- “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one… May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” (John 17:21,23 NLT)
- Link to the CDC’s Zombie Apocalypse 101 (image above from downloadable comic)
- Photos of a zombie proof house
- Survival Guide at Amazon.com
- Download Series Graphics from Southeast Christian Church
- View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4