A. W. Tozer wrote that our culture was devolving into a generation of zombies, and we couldn’t agree more. Today, the majority is composed of mindless zombies, and we estimate that only about 5% of the population are vampires.
“Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies. We cover our deep ignorance with words, but we are ashamed to wonder, we are afraid to whisper ‘mystery.’” ~A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy / HarperCollins, 1961 (p. 18).
If humankind has become infected with sin (like zombies), then the consequences of that defect will be quickly amplified and accelerated through the entire culture. Modern society has been pushed onto that long, long, winding road of commerce and immorality. (In this way, we may have proven Tozer correct.) In Tozer’s day, thinkers could be found in institutions of higher learning, in pulpits, and in pews. Thinking is fast becoming a lost art in the modern era. Churches fill with thoughtless “sheeple” who will show-up, sit-down, and soak-in whatever doctrines are proclaimed…blindly assuming they represent pure truth, never questioning anything. A generation of zombies will spread their culture throughout the populace by contact; through infectious touch.
Our alternative is to build and support a community of vampires.
The difference? Choice, Boundaries, & Virtues:
Choice is not an element of the zombie program: “zombie-ism” can be forced by coercion or violence. Choice is powerful and significant for a vampire…a vampire cannot enter your home without an invitation. If you desire anything from a vampire encounter, you’ll have to request it by inviting the vampire across the threshold of your door.
There are boundaries and absolutes that surround and permeate the culture of the vampire, from their diet to sleeping habits. Becoming a vampire merely extends and empowers the virtues that you already had; it doesn’t create new rules or vices. The transformation to vegan vampire represents full spiritual ignition. As a proper guest, the spirit will not violate the rules of the host, whose virtues and values will support the nobility and integrity of the new creation.
If you want to be a better person, you CAN…and the foundation that comes from being a vegan vampire can support all of those improvements: physical, emotional, and spiritual.