Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clothed and In Our Right Minds

You used to think that the story of the emperor's new clothes was a fairy tale reworked and popularized by Hans Christian Andersen, but it is being literally enacted today before our very eyes.

Earlier this month, a cross-dressing man flew from Ft. Lauderdale to Phoenix wearing only women's undergarments. Dennis Prager commented on the airline's response.

U.S. Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder was asked how the airline allowed a nearly naked cross-dresser to board a plane and sit next to other passengers who, one assumes, did not appreciate being seated next to an exhibitionist.
As reported by the San Francisco Examiner, she “said employees had been correct not to ask the man to cover himself. ‘We don’t have a dress code policy. Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that’s not appropriate. . . . So if they’re not exposing their private parts, they’re allowed to fly.’”
The decline of American civilization since the 1960s has been so fast and so dramatic that it takes one’s breath away. That a woman speaking on behalf of a major airline can say with a straight face that her airline allows anyone dressed or undressed to fly on its airplanes, so long as they do not expose their genitals, perfectly encapsulates this decline.

How do functioning adults become so absurd?  Why do we feel powerless to challenge outrageous behavior? There is no publicly accepted standard of judgment to which we can appeal. In the name of freedom, we have asserted personal autonomy. Personal autonomy can seem reasonable at first; however, it ends in lunacy.

Proverbs 11:14 states, "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law." This is simply to say, when God's Word does not provide authoritative wisdom, men will become collectively stupid. Even if they do not personally parade about in their undergarments, they will have nothing to say to those who do.

One reason our society is powerless to challenge outrageous behavior is that we recognize if we open up the question of what is decent behavior, we will be forced to deal with another question, "By what standard?" We don't want to have to admit that there is an overarching moral standard to which we are all accountable. We will go to almost any length to avoid having to admit that we are accountable to the one true God. We will even tear out our reasoning apparatus and become mute mules entertained by a parade of insanity (Rom 1:18-32).

The entrance of God's Word gives light. Without it, we will end up naked and stupid. May we uphold God's Word as our clear authority, and thus be found clothed and in our right minds.

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