Thursday, September 22, 2016

What About That Nudity?

Some would have us celebrate the human form through viewing of it in photographs, sculptures, movies, etc. "We ought not to be ashamed of our bodies," they say. Sounds good in a way, after all we do believe God created us in His image. But is that what the word of God says? What about all those prohibitions against seeing naked folks in the Law of Moses? Or just maybe this example will help us to decide.

And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. (Luke 8:27)

Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. (Luke 8:35)

Okay, we meet the man as Jesus comes out of the boat and the man is possessed, living in tombs and naked as a jaybird. Later, Jesus has sent the legion of demons into a herd of pigs, the people come out to see and the man is clothed and sitting at the feet of the Savior. So, what about that nudity? Possessed by demons and naked, or saved by the Master and clothed? Which seems the better route? Where did the clothing come from?

I like the clothed and saved by the Master state myself. If Jesus wanted to celebrate the human form, as the worldly folks would have us do, He certainly could have kept the man in his nudity, but He didn't. Yes, this is only one example, but Jesus does present mighty powerful examples when He makes 'em. So, naked and raving with demons on board, or clothed with Jesus in the heart and a right mind in the head? Seems pretty obvious from a believer's point of view. I especially like the "in his right mind" bit; a real comfort in a time of so much mental illness and instability in our land.

May the Word of the Lord ever be in our hearts,


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