You say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked...
Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.
And there is no creature hidden from His Sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.
I must face the somber supposition that we're in the age of The Lukewarm Church:
A showy church displaying great assets,
A prideful church sure of its holiness,
A working church the Lord did not employ,
A lofty church unaware of its sins,
A baby church offering milk, not meat,
But a church He loves enough to correct.*
Although its congregants dress lavishly, in a style other people might envy, their Maker calls them utterly naked. Not only are they exposed to danger, but they aren't prepared for His Wedding Feast.**
In the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes,*** a king who was all about his wardrobe got duped into buying make-believe clothes. When he paraded nude around the town (believing he was wonderfully dressed), a little kid spoke the truth: 'he's naked.'
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider two fashionista points:
1) Compared to preceding centuries, lots of street wear looks like underwear. Our ancestors would be astounded by our relative states of undress. To them, tight skirts and scanty clothing would be worn by ladies of the night.
1b) Yes, be culturally relevant, but do it with style and dignity.
2) Think of our mega church assemblies: lovely groups with superstar pastors. Looking good is part of their allure. But do they resemble their Savior? If they're not dressed by Him and like Him, perhaps they're in need of correction.
2b) Emperor's clothes are for fairy tales.
## Self-Examination 2021: Wardrobe, The Emperor's Clothes (Part 97)
* Christ's Letter to the Lukewarm Church: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A14-22&version=NKJV
** The Parable of the Wedding Feast: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+22%3A1-14&version=NKJV
** Good article on the meaning of The Parable of the Wedding Feast: https://bible.org/seriespage/32-parable-wedding-banquet-matthew-221-14
*** Previous Devotion, Divided Hearts: http://careylewisdevotions.com/heart-conditions-part-2-divided-hearts
*** The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen: http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheEmperorsNewClothes_e.html
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2021 series.