Strutting In Invisible Clothes

It never ceases to amaze me how so many people, rather than having an eagerness to maturely debate the Bible, instead desire and attempt to promote some favorite “Emperor’s New Clothes.”

For those who don’t remember that childhood story, it was about an emperor who had two tailors come to his city who said they were such esteemed and gifted tailors, that the elaborate gowns they were accustomed to sewing were always so magnificent that only the very elite –that is, only those who were “worthy” or “had the wisdom” would actually be able to SEE the gorgeous new clothes the emperor would be wearing. So, thinking this “wondrous”, the emperor had the exquisite clothes sewn and fitted, paying a handsome price, of course. And even though he, ever-increasingly mortified, could not actually see the clothes himself, he was assured by the tailors, as well as others who came by to favorably hail the tailors’ talents, that the clothes were magnificent. Unbeknownst to everyone, was the simple fact that NO one could see the clothes. However, not one person would admit to this for fear that they were the only ones who were not up to the “worthiness” or “wisdom” of being able to do so!

So… the big day finally arrives: The emperor is going to parade down the city streets in his new clothes –for everyone to honor him for his grandness. The people line the streets and here comes the emperor… yet still no one can see ANYTHING on the emperor, save his underwear and crown. Even so, they all wave and praise and speak glowingly of the “superb” pleats, the “splendid” jacket, the “beautiful” frills… The emperor, hearing some of the exaltations above the din, smiles ever more pridefully and continues to strut. All of a sudden a young boy squeals, “But Mother, he doesn’t have ANY clothes on!”

Too late the mother tries to hush the “foolish” boy… for another boy yells to his friend, “The emperor is naked!” Soon boys and girls are laughing, pointing, mocking. Parents are aghast. The emperor’s crown tilts, but he quickly adjusts it. His eyes flutter, his heart beats in panic. The townspeople are starting to mumble, others are quiet, but others keep praising the “glorious clothes.”

What does the emperor decide to do? Does he run? Does he ask someone for a cloak to cover himself with? No… He just makes up in his mind that the foolish townspeople are too ignorant to see the clothes. And he continues to parade down the street.


Yet… This is exactly what happens in many board rooms, courtrooms, chat-rooms, websites, bookstores, schools, universities, capitol buildings, conventions, and churches.

No one says a word. …Even if the whole idea is naked.

Speak up.
Put an end to nonsense.


P.S. Let’s remember this: Jesus said, “…anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15) “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Jesus in Matt. 18:4) “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ‘fool’ so that he may become wise. FOR THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD IS FOOLISHNESS IN GOD’S SIGHT.” (1 Cor. 3:18,19) Are you weary, like I am, of politicians, economists, professors, AND big-name “prophets”, psychologists, authors with doctorates, preachers, and “revolutionaries” touting their secret, mysterious, or elitist “wisdom”? I thought Christians believe that wisdom comes from God and His Word and the fear of the Lord. Can we please get back to THAT?


~ by smilesback on August 29, 2009.

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