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So as I looked into the mirror, I asked myself, “Why should I be naked?”

What should compel me to bare it all?
Is it because I can?
Is it because everyone else is doing it?
Is it because I feel inadequate? Alone? Rejected? Unloved?

Then I thought, “We’re born naked.”

We start out naked; we’re made that way.
But I’m not sure that we’re made naked just so we can take off all our clothes
In front of each other.
Really, being naked is the first step toward God.

Being naked before God isn’t a glorious thing.
It’s being vulnerable, exposed, humbled, and disgusting to look at
With nowhere else to go.

But if God is as gracious and merciful as He says He is,
Won’t He look upon my nakedness and say, “Live”?
As He passes by my pathetic state, wouldn’t He stop to pick up the
Unclean, bloody, helpless, bastard newborn that I am
And say, “Live”?

Do you want to be naked?
To look up to God face to face
And be blown away by His grace
Toward me. Toward you.

And then He cleanses me and puts me in finest clothes
Of gold and white, royalty-like
As I grow and am formed in His image
Gradually until that day

When innumerable multitudes
Of a called, chosen, and faithful few
Stand in joyful anticipation
Representing a righteous nation
All clothed in gold and white
Radiating like a million suns shine bright
And they throw palm branches His way
As they hail the King endlessly
An eternal reality beyond the wildest fantasy

Do you want to be naked?

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, and acceptable, and perfect." Romans 12:2

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The following comments are for "Being Naked"
by pinoy_celt

Two side of nakedness
This is powerful. Its allegory is awesome. And I enjoyed it... on one level.

On yet another level, as in reading without a full-scoped worldview, or as to those who have no knowledge of the use of allegory, to them, the term “naked” can be misconstrued.

SUGGESTION: Check out Leviticus 18/Deut 27, and try to find some place to put a thought like that into it, to address God’s desire for us to remain clothed to all but our sanctified spouse and Him, for their innocent's sakes.

My mother was a nudist when I was a child, and because of her exercise of her freedom to be that way, I was subjected to an elder sibling’s incest aroused by it. That stole many of my choices and obliterated many of my freedoms. They were gone even before I was old enough to vocalize my opinion!

Mother didn’t know any of this until shortly before her death in 1986, when she became a Christian. While she sincerely regretted what she’d done to me, in her round about way, nothing could change the consequences of her actions long before then.

I find that freedom without responsibility always hurts someone. I see it as a trap Satan lays to snare unwarry souls.

( Posted by: MaxiiJ [Member] On: May 13, 2004 )

anecodtes and all
Let's keep our heads about this: the vast vast vast majority of abuse and molestation cases, incestuous and otherwise, occur after arousal regarding a clothed body. The incidence of such cases among nudists is much lower than int he general (clothed) population.

Though I've no doubt Falwell or some other crackpot could trot out a gibbering halfwit to tell tales to the contrary! The trouble with anecdotes, especially those having to do with our own experiences, is that they cloud judgment and may bear little relation to real dangers. (No reflection of my opinion of Maxiij, by the way. She's cool with me.)

On the other hand, man, even God himself don't wanna see me naked! In this case, God's judgment is sound!

Interesting poem.

( Posted by: viper9 [Member] On: May 14, 2004 )

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