There is a deep longing inside all of us to find purpose and meaning in life. Seekers and skeptics of the Christian faith have wrestled with what it means to be human. Danielle Strickland believes that the question of humanity is actually the cry of this generation.
“What I’ve noticed about this generation and what they capture most about Jesus is His humanity. I think one of the greatest things about Jesus is that He is both; He is all human and He is all God. No matter what you think about Jesus, He is the best human being who’s ever lived and everybody agrees with that.”
Danielle says that this presents Christians with an opportunity to help others see what Jesus reveals about humanity. She explores themes found in the popular television show, The Walking Dead.
“In the show, there are these graphic scenes where the survivors have to make the decisions about whether or not they’re going to protect the weak or take care of the sick, for example, even if it might mean that they’ll die as a result.”
“There’s this dominant theme that only the strong survive. You see these survivors having to face these real, graphic, in-your-face kind of scenarios where it’s like, ‘Do we have the baby? Do you have the baby when life is perilous, and when the baby might not live and it’s going to be risky?’”
These questions are at the heart of the abortion debate in our culture. As a way to offer hope, we can share the biblical perspective on humanity.
“Life itself is precious and it has value. In the world that we’re living in where we keep trying to convince ourselves that it doesn’t, it does, and we feel the deep resonance of the power of our own humanity. We need to recapture the imaginations of people to understand the sacredness that is actually inside each of us.”
“This great Christian ethos and theology at the root of every human in the world is to say that you are sacred because God made you; there’s a design for your life, there’s a sacredness, and there’s a value to your life, despite the circumstances in which you were born.”
As believers, we have an opportunity to share a biblical truths with a generation that is searching for answers. Danielle wants to remind the church that the message that we have is not irrelevant; it’s the most relevant message that it has ever been.
Danielle Strickland loves Jesus. And she loves people. Her aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She is author of several books including The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it Means to Be HumanWhat it means to be human