It’s the best line in the movie The Sixth Sense, and kind of creepy, too: “I see dead people.” It’s the kind of thing that makes people want to go and see the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. It’s also the kind of thing that makes me think. What is it that I see when I look around me at the world? Who is it that I see when I look into the eyes of the masses? When I read Ronnie Floyd’s new book a couple of weeks ago, he reminded me of this clip from the movie and the implication for Christians rather jumped out at me—we must see the world as they are: Dead Men Walking.

This should not bring us in line with the earthly fascination with zombies—you know, the dead people walking around trying to nourish themselves on live people’s brains. No, we are not looking for a wonderment in the face of the “undead.” Not even at Hallowe’en. Instead we want to open our new—our spiritual—eyes and see what God sees when He casts his eye over the vast sea of humanity and sees the Fallen, sin-drenched people in need of salvation that can only be provided by Jesus Christ: dead people. And just like in Shyamalan’s movie, they don’t even know that they are dead.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve addressed this subject. Years ago I delivered a sermon called “Walking Dead Men” based on Galatians 2:19-21. I asserted that there are several ways that we need to see dead men walking—those who are not part of the Kingdom, who have not received the gift of salvation, are dead. Dead in their trespasses and sin (if I could borrow a phrase from King James). Not only that but those of us who have received the Life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior are dead to our sin.

For today’s post, we are more concerned that those of us who are dead to our sin become increasingly aware of those who are dead in their sin. Why is this so important? Because God has no desire for them to die in their dead state. He wants them to find Life in Christ. He wants us to bring the message of Life to them.

Open your eyes. Do you see dead people? Bring them life.

 

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