Monday, June 26th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 97)
Wardrobe: The Emperor's Clothes
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...
Revelation 3:17 (NKJV)
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.
Revelation 16:15 (NKJV)
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.
Hebrews 4:13 (NASB)
I must face the somber supposition that we're in the age of The Lukewarm Church: a showy church displaying great assets, a working church the Lord did not employ, a lofty church unaware of its sins, 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 was 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.
To Be Continued...
* 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 AMTC Devotion, Divided Hearts: http://amtcdevotions.org/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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.