Just in time for Halloween, here’s a post from my friend Laurie: wife, mother, freelance writer, and an altogether wonderful person.
Is it just me, or does it seem like we have lost our fear of monsters?
I was in Target not long ago and spotted a book entitled, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
And in flipping through it seemed as if the story was rewritten to include… well the unmentionables. Now, I am not a Jane Austen fan and I never read the original so I can’t speak to the accuracy of what was done with the original work in this new version, but it seemed funny enough.
A little more window shopping brought me to a new computer game…
The iPhone/iPod Touch even has an app to celebrate the living dead called, “Zombie My Face.” (Just what I needed.)
And of course, Hollywood seems bursting at the seams with zombies, werewolves, and vampires.
That’s what brought me to thinking… all of those things can be funny as a product of someone’s imagination. But fear is something real and it is something that many Christians struggle with. What is it that we are afraid of? Maybe it is not having enough money to cover the bills this month, perhaps it is health or relationally related, or it could be something like a fear of heights or speaking in public.
What gives life to these fears? And are there monsters that we should concern ourselves over? Ephesians 6:12 tells us,
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Now that is scary. Maybe it isn’t the money that is not in the bank or the medical test scheduled next week that gives root to these fears. Things like doubt and fear and uncertainty and angst and depression—those invisible monsters have parents in the evil rulers of the invisible world. Those are the things that we struggle against. How do we fight an enemy that is not flesh and blood?
My God is BIGGER than the Boogeyman
Awhile back when my son Ian was maybe five, he was working diligently at some drawing. I walked over to see what he was so industriously scribbling away at and what revealed itself on the page simply amazed me. At the center of a large piece of paper was a huge brown wooden cross with a stick figure Jesus hanging on it. There were gray clouds in the sky and in the dirt was a rather scary but tiny, devilish looking creature. This boogeyman was disproportionately small compared to the huge cross and Jesus that filled the page. I asked him what his picture was and he told me the God is bigger than the Boogeyman.
In awe of his perception of things, I asked what gave him the idea and he pointed me to VeggieTales (of course!).
VeggieTales is a great tool for bringing biblical principles to life and in a funny way that both children and adults can relate to. Truly, once I listened to the words of the song that served as the creative basis for Ian’s drawing, I wondered how I could miss such a fundamental truth.
You were lying in your bed,
You were feeling kind of sleepy,
But you couldn’t close your eyes because the room was getting creepy.
Were those eyeballs in the closet?
Was that Godzilla in the hall?
There was something big and hairy casting shadows on your wall.
—”God Is Bigger” (VeggieTales)
see the rest of the lyrics
So while we confront unseen powers and principalities as well as their offspring (worry, depression, fear) the Bible gives us the assurance that we have nothing to fear.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39