Communitas in a Zombie Nation


Have you ever wondered  how people could live together again like they did in the second chapter of the Book of Acts in the Bible?

Not only were they aware of each other’s needs, no one claimed that any of their possessions were their own, but they shared everything they had. People were even selling their homes and property to make sure that OTHERS had what they needed!?

People living like that aren’t a simple community, that’s a group of people living in “communitas.”

Like sports teams that endure long difficult seasons, or soldiers who share a foxhole, communitas refers to that bond that comes from being in a place where you have no choice but to depend on those around you. A place where people have your back and you have theirs!

A zombie movie might seem like a strange place to find communitas, yet it is there for everyone to plainly see EVERY TIME!

If you’re not familiar with the genre, let me tell you what happens in EVERY zombie movie. (For the record, I’m not a big zombie movie fan. But I have gotten hooked watching a few zombie television programs- The Walking Dead and Z Nation. Although I have to be in the right mood.) Inevitably, most of the human race is wiped out by a catastrophic event and only a small group of people survive and are pitted against an overwhelming number of flesh eating zombies who have nothing to do but try to eat you, the living. (if you get bit by a zombie, you become one, sometimes if you die naturally, you become one too!)

Again, like clockwork, a small group of people of varying backgrounds are thrown together for a common mission- to stay alive and find a safe place to live (there is usually an ultimate location to get to where other living are successfully surviving).

Not only are these people fighting for their lives against the zombies, but there are internal conflicts within the surviving group. Some are criminals. Others are cowards. There is greed and selfishness. Betrayal. Lust. And murder. But despite these obstacles a core group of people begin to coexist-many times against their will ON A MISSION…TOGETHER.

It isn’t long before food and water supplies dwindle, yet they find it and SHARE it.

When the zombie hoards overwhelm their current safe haven, they FIGHT TOGETHER to escape.

On the road they encounter more life threatening situations which DRAW THEM TOGETHER once again to stay on mission.

On and on it goes…day after day… they pull together, one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Oops! That is EXACTLY what Acts 2:32 says!?!  At least in the New International Version. Your Bible might say it a bit differently, but the idea is the same.

It seems to me that the early church was aware of a catastrophic event that left a small group of people on a mission together and who are now pitted against an overwhelming number of “enemies.”

The analogy actually doesn’t break down from there…it actually strengthens! The main difference is that we can LOVE our “enemies” back to Life!

The Message Version of the Bible does a good job of describing how that battle is fought:

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”    2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

So, how is communitas created? The simple answer is to have a group of people dedicated to working together in a seemingly impossible mission against an overwhelming enemy.

Hmmmm….sounds eerily familiar!


About richardkrolljr

Welcome to my Blog! My name is Richard Kroll Jr. I have an extensive and varied background in business, education, ministry, and leadership development. Earlier in my career I was a sales trainer and motivational speaker. Not too long after starting my career, I served in upper management in the advertising and publishing industry. In an effort to express my faith in my vocation, I became a teacher and eventually a principal, educational consultant, and executive director; starting and improving schools in every conceivable educational model; domestically and internationally. I have served as a senior pastor of several churches and as a missionary in the United States, Africa, Turkey, India, Mexico, Bahamas, Haiti and Costa Rica. I am dedicated to using my gifts and talents in the area of business, education, ministry and leadership development because I can combine my faith, heart for people, and business acumen to help others have fun, make money, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Helping marketplace leaders understand how their gifts and talents can be used to bring the Kingdom of God to the Seven Mountains of Influence is a message that the world needs to hear. The world also needs an advocate for freedom- religious, economic and political freedom. My unique blend of humor, passion and “straight-to-the-heart” teaching style makes me an in demand speaker in just about every conceivable setting. My well researched material and thought-provoking messages resonates with every audience I serve!
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