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Father Gabriel Comes Around And What The Church Can Learn From Him

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Like many of you Walking Dead fans, I thought episode one of season six was amazing. In fact, I am going to go back and watch it again. What may have shocked you is the potential redemption of Father Gabriel.

Father Gabriel starts to build momentum towards redemption when he offers to take Judith to the church. He promised to keep her safe. He did more than promise , he said “I will”.  And he did.

People want The Church, we believers,  to say “I will” not “I promise”.

Before Father Gabriel arrives at the church we see Glenn and Enid rummaging through the church looking for weapons and Enid becomes fixated on the Bible verse above the church door. The verse is

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Jams 2:26

I love that the verse is above the door so, as people leave the church, leave with a directive. In many of the churches I’ve attended the phrase “You are now entering the mission field” sits on the wall. James 2:26 is implied in the phrase but I like the verse instead.


Father Gabriel’s second step to redemption was his epiphany while talking to his “congregation”. He says,

“We’ve been praying together, praying that God will save our town. Well, our prayers have been answered. God will save Alexandria because God has given us the courage to save it ourselves.”

Church, we must say “I will” and then execute on what we say we will do. We need to execute on what God already says for us to do. No prayers needed.

Lately, I have been convicted by my own prayer life. I seem to be interrupted by the Holy Spirit while I’m praying. How rude, right? Every time I ask God to do something I hear, “then do it”.

I have been praying through I Corinthians 13 along with my students and when I say “God, send..” ,        “God will you..” or “God show yourself…” He interrupts and says “Great, go do that.” My prayer life is becoming by do life.

Every Pastor should give the Father Gabriel speech to their church. God HAS given us the courage so save our towns; we just have to go and do it and quit praying for someone else to slay the zombies..I mean.. do the work for us.

Let me know what you think. Did Father Gabriel redeem himself in the latest episode?

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Your Turn

How can you turn your “prayer life” into your “do life” ?


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