We are becoming cavemen and zombies in my community. Those who “do their part” and “are in it together” and are smart about it, STAY HOME as much as possible. But even a caveman gotta eat. So sooner or later, we all get zombified. But right now, the zombies are made up mostly of stupid college kids on Spring Break or the homeless with no where to be. Yet, we are in a melting pot now – like never before.
Is there a lesson for us in this?
(Seems like we are always learning some “lesson”…)
I recently read a blog post by a person who shared a “lesson” learned when giving to a bum on the street. What was the lesson?
(Glad you asked.)
Some people who beg have standards.
That was the lesson. (My wording, not the author’s.) People who beg have standards.
Hey. make of that what you want. I verified this with the author to make sure I was getting this right. Check your standards with the Bible, was the take away, as I understand it.
That was the lesson.
Well, I certainly do my best to seek guidance for life from the Bible. Anyone reading here long, surely knows that. You may think I have a terrible misunderstanding of the Bible and the lessons it teaches, but you really can’t fault me for not going there.
What lessons are there in the Bible for us today, as our standards of living come crumbling down around us on all sides?
Well, I don’t know. I struggle to see the lessons. Maybe you can help me.
I have standards of good health, and I am learning to be a caveman just as fast as I can. Civilization in reverse at hyper speed as a way of moving forward. Ironic, to say the least. But is that biblical? Hear me out…
I have a high-fence backyard, and I take my kids out there to play most days for at least a couple of hours, but I have a child with “underlying” respiratory issues which are affected by pollen and dust blowing on the West Texas wind, whether a virus threatens the public or not. So we don’t get out everyday. In fact, I notice I might go as much as three days in a row without setting foot outside my door at all!
I am a caveman of the new millennium.
Woulda never guessed it.
I went to the grocery store a couple of days ago. First time in more than two weeks. The culture outside my house is changing too. I saw people with gloves, with masks, signs promoting social distancing on doors and floors, plexiglass shields at cash registers, AND I saw many people NOT observing precautions too.
God made humans to bear his image. He made us male and female, naked, and vulnerable in order to do this, AND HELD JUDGMENT on it offering the verdict “It WAS VERY GOOD.” How can we bear God’s image full of fear and wearing masks so that we can’t even see the friendly smile of our fellow humans?
Jesus goes to Golgotha where they strip him completely naked (you wouldn’t know this from looking at a Catholic crucifix), and where he lays down his life in love and forgiveness AND takes a bride (the church) in this coronation which has all the right elements, yet looks completely different to the dominion and rule bestowed on the first Adam and his wife (look at John 19:31-37 and consider the deep sleep and rib surgery as you LOOK at Jesus on the cross). But then Jesus makes all things new, and he rules over New Creation in the Age of Resurrection, which we will celebrate as cavemen (rather than sheep flocked together) next Sunday while the zombies roam the streets.
But I digress.
Back to the grocery store…
On aisle 9, I, the caveman of the new millennium, had to pass through a small crowd of five or six people clogging up the lane with their congregation.
Yeah. I thought that too, as I passed through.
As I moved beyond, I turned back again to consider the zombies I just encountered, and I suddenly soaked it in finally. This was a mother and her children. After the last four decades of post-sexual revolution (and all the happiness left in its wake), it dawned on me that she is a single mama. She can’t leave these kids at home or in the car. They gotta all go TOGETHER as a group to the store spreading the infection.
Hey, a zombie gotta eat too!
And so does a caveman. We are FORCED to mix it up, at least a little – or else die of other problems.
Our way of “life” is NOT what God created in the beginning, nor is it what he makes in the New Creation. Our “way of life” was on artificial life support all along. The Adam and his wife of Genesis were not made to “hunt and gather” whether in the hunting grounds or the supermarket.
Cavemen and zombies. We are all busted down a notch – all of us, all over the world.
“We are in this together” – another lesson the news media is trying to teach us.
We were always vulnerable, just didn’t know it. Your ADT home security system isn’t equipped for this. But I find that just as we glove up and mask up, we are more vulnerable with and to each other NOW than we ever realized.
Is there a “lesson” in this?
Let me hear from you. What do you think?