Dead people

My pastor, who finally blogging again, wrote an interesting reflection on the Sixth Sense which sparked this thought:

One other illustration you can pull from the sixth sense: we see dead people every day. Walking around like regular people, but they don’t know they are dead.

Who are the dead people? Well, those who aren’t alive–those who are not followers of The Way (Jesus).

Now, I’m sure those who are not followers aren’t too keen on being referred to as dead (I know I wasn’t) but it’s scripture:

Matthew 8:18-22
When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Pretty harsh words, but this is Jesus talking here. Now, obviously we’re talking about different kinds of death here. In the movie it’s physical death, and in the scripture, it’s spiritual death (which will ultimately end in physical death).

In the movie Cole helps the dead people to resolve issues with their life, to find closure and accept their death.

In Christianity, Jesus helps us resolve issues (sin) in our life, find hope, and be reborn into a new creation.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the latter option!

Given the knowledge I have, this faith and belief, I would be a fool and a monster if I did not try to help others find this option–this way out of their death. Hence the deperate need for a missional community of Christians to emerge from the consumer Church, but that’s a whole ‘nother post 😉