Jim Langley: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” | Homes and lifestyle
Fairy tales can be more than just entertainment for toddlers. by Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Emperor’s New Clotheswhich was first published in 1837, fits the bill as a captivating satire worthy of discussion.
This fairy tale has been translated into over 100 languages, and if you are unfamiliar with the story, allow me to share a brief summary:
Two fraudulent accomplices enter a kingdom renowned for the eccentricity of their monarch. They pose as expert weavers of fine clothes and explain to the emperor’s advisers that the wardrobe they are about to weave will be invisible to all who are stupid and foolish. In other words, only wise aristocrats will be able to appreciate the splendor of their work.
As they set up their looms, an entourage of court officials enter their work area to check on progress, and all pretend to admire the nothingness before them. Once finished and paid for their time, the crooks leave and the tricked Emperor and his court strut proudly through the whole city in their new, unseen clothes.
Finally, a small child blurts out that the Emperor is only wearing his underwear!
People have been duped and we can all relate to quite similar situations in recent world events.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusion about these current and past historical blunders that fit this satire. Andersen may have spoken of the arrogance and pride of the Danes King Frederick VI, who ruled when he was a young boy. Over the centuries, we have sadly observed many leaders who have blundered and floundered in foolish behavior.
The antics of many leaders these days are hard to fathom, but I would rather direct this discussion to the madness that can easily victimize the masses. We can all be fooled if we are not careful, but the scriptures can help us in our future decision making.
Proverbs 1:1-6 prepares the ground for the 31 book chapters to follow: “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: for having attained wisdom and discipline; to understand the words of insight; to acquire a disciplined and prudent life, to do what is right and right and just; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – that the wise listen and enrich their knowledge, and that the informed be guided – to understand the proverbs and the parables, the words and the riddles of the wise.
When this world tries to replace the Wisdom of God with an awakened agenda and the nothingness of useless chatter, we must wake up and realize that we must draw closer to the One Being Who set it all in motion!
Consider re-reading Proverbs 1:1-6, then meditating on God’s words as you reflect on your personal life and those you love around you. We don’t need new clothes, we need to trust God’s instruction manual presented by his 40 diverse authors over the past centuries.
Here in America, we are blessed with a representative form of government. Just like that little boy in the fairy tale, we need to speak up and share the truth that seems to have been forgotten. Our voice must be heard, and we must be led by His Holy Spirit and put on a path that pleases God.
In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are told, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Recognize him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight. »
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— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. As a long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies Columns in 2014, and now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Manna Monday. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.