Posted by: Randall Niles | October 15, 2008

Naked Before God


Whether we admit it or not, we’re totally naked before God – our minds and motives are fully exposed. Therefore, we should embrace our spiritual nudity. It is utterly worthless to go through religious motions and traditional mantras without humbly and honestly seeking God.


In Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the problem wasn’t that the emperor was naked… he was. The problem was that he wouldn’t admit it.


“He thought it better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn’t see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent. And he stood stiffly on his carriage, while behind him a page held his imaginary mantle.”


So, how many of us are placing organized religion before spiritual authenticity?  How much humility and honesty is giving way to pomp and ceremony? Sometimes it just takes a child, without job or agenda, to declare, “The emperor is naked.”


And thus starts spiritual revival for many of us…


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