There is currently a TV program about a nude couple (man and woman in this case) who run around the wilderness naked, and evidently they’re afraid. I have only seen the commercials, which advertise this to be a “runaway hit,” and therefore cannot comment on the quality of the program.
I ask my wife, “who would watch such a program?” She is as puzzled as I am. The previews show a man and woman appearing to be filthy dirty, in some kind of distress, and their private parts are thankfully blurred to save us from being completely grossed out. I guess watching this is some kind of escape for someone.
I am reminded of a conversation in the book of Genesis where Adam and Eve had just eaten the forbidden fruit and we are told the consequences of that act caused their “eyes to be opened” and they realized they were naked. At least they had the presence of mind to cover themselves with fig leaves.
“Then the Lord called to Adam and said to him, “where are you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Adam’s sin was not being naked, but eating the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat. Once they had eaten, their eyes were opened to their sinfulness and they were ashamed. They felt naked before God, their creator, and they were afraid.
The reality today is we are not naked but we are afraid. When we look at the paper daily and see the shootings, stabbings, armed robberies, home invasions, carjackings, and if that’s not entertaining enough for the criminals, the knockout game, we feel helpless, afraid. We realize in most cases the police cannot protect us.
Many times we see these crimes are committed by people who have a long history of violence and we ask, why are they out on the street? Didn’t we vote for the “Three Strikes Law?” What happened to that? We see city council meetings called, task forces gathered, studies demanded and yet everyone in power seems to be at a loss as to what to do. If we spend some money on studies, at least it will look like we are doing something.
These are the results of pushing God out of our society. We are not the first ones to do it, so you would think we might learn from the mistakes of other societies, but no.
When the Apostle Paul saw what was going on in the city of Corinth, he said, ” If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?”
We are in the same boat. We have appointed judges who do not revere the law of God, the only absolute, and we are left with “what is right in their own eyes.” Criminals have become emboldened by the fact that they will not be incarcerated and are free to rob, cheat, steal and kill.
God can fix what is wrong, but we do have to ask him. He does ask us to live by his rules, not because he is mean and wants to deprive us of fun, but because He knows what is needed to preserve society, and mankind.
He is our only hope. Let’s turn to him today and we will no longer need to be afraid.
Noel Reese is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Rio Vista. He can be reached at www.calvarychapelriovista.com