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Lemmings

Marching Toward Death

LEMMINGS (the digital video game versions at least) seem drawn to death.

Maybe it’s not an attraction to death but the simple fact they don’t know what lies ahead. 

The creatures within Lemmings have no regard at all for their own safety, bobbing along to the beat of some catchy tunes (including “How Much is That Doggy in the Window?”), happy to follow the one in front, even if that means falling off a cliff or being minced up in a kind of violent turnstile.

The countdown timer gives a sense of urgency to the player’s rescue mission, as he or she races to save the required percentage of Lemmings. There isn’t much time to rescue as many as possible.

Action is the key. It’s no good simply watching on at their impending doom, feeling sad and wishing they’d turn aside from what’s to come. 

Now, swap in Lemmings for your friends and family in the real world. 

So maybe not many of the humans you know have green hair and wear purple jumpsuits but it is true that every human you know is headed toward death. 

Many humans have no regard for their own spiritual safety, ambling along not knowing what lies ahead. They simply “do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). 

Ecclesiastes 7 says that death is the destiny for everyone. Why is that? Why are we all sentenced to die, like lemmings into a pit of lava? 

The book of Romans says the “wages of sin is death”. The same book also says that all have sinned, and when you think about it, that’s true. Every single person has done something wrong at some point in their lives, which means they are a sinner, which means they are separated from the perfect God. 

It’s not exactly a pleasant dinner conversation so perhaps that’s why so many don’t know. 

But because God loves His creation, humans, so much, He came up with a plan to save them. That plan included Jesus dying on the cross to pay the price for all of our sins, so that we might mend that relationship with God and even have eternal life. 

It’s like finding that gateway in every level that all the creatures happily tumble into.

Those who know this and are saved have been given a job to do; to let people know about the danger ahead and the need to turn from sin. 

That might mean using different strategies in the lives of those around you to make an impact, to try to stop them from doing something, to find them a new direction, to build a bridge over a danger. 

The eight “tasks” you can assign to the lemmings are action tasks; things that will influence their direction and destiny. 

God does the saving - He created the final destination and the way out but how can you be a builder, a digger, a stopper to direct people to Jesus for salvation? Let’s go!

 

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

- 1 Corinthians 15: 56.

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