I responded with this: "I don't think much about zombies. However, I HAVE noticed a tendency for trends to occur without any thought behind them. So, perhaps brainless people who can only exist by feeding off the thoughts (or brains) of others is pretty appropriate...
It is my belief that few people act or think; they re-act or follow. I see the fads of vampirism and zombies to speak to the supernatural - but a supernatural that requires no real commitment, or involvement. As opposed to a Supernatural that commands love, mercy and justice.
I fall back on one of my truisms: Whatever the fad, it seems to beat feeding poor people.........."
Over the last 8-10 years, there has been a movement within the popular culture surrounding vampires, ghouls, and zombies. (The Four Little Ponies of the Apocalypse is an underground image many of us in ministry use - all in good fun - when we are strapped for a VBS curriculum. We're really not serious. Really.) And, for the most part, I think such movements are market driven. They sell books, and movies, and PS3 games, and - evidently - cell phone contracts. But on a more serious note, of course, the larger symbolic images of people who such the life out of others or wander aimless trying to feed off others cannot be ignored.
Save us from a culture of such ghouls. Not the sparkly vampires, or the (mostly) well behaved zombies who 'just want to fit in'. I mean the real ghouls: thoughtless soulless humans who meander through life without a brain in their head; people who are so unreal as to not cast an image in a mirror and who suck the life out of others. You probably know such people. I know I do.
The church is called to be the body of Christ. May we journey with intention, with brains and hearts and blood flowing through us, to serve and further the cause of justice and mercy and to spread the good news.