The Emperor Is Naked
A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Lie”
Read: Proverbs 27:6
The tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a child’s story that teaches an important lesson for everyone to learn. The story follows a vain emperor who only cares about how he looks in front of his kingdom. Two jokesters come to his court appearing as tailors who create beautiful clothes in order to trick the emperor and make a fool of him publicly. The two tricksters promise an emperor new clothes that are invisible to those unfit for their roles because they are incompetent. The emperor agrees to allow the men to “make” clothes for him. They present him with an invisible suit that the emperor puts on and begins wearing in front of his court. The emperor’s advisers cannot see the clothes but pretend they can in order to keep their positions. Meanwhile, the emperor struts around the court naked, thus making a fool of himself.
The emperor proceeds to leave his palace and show off his new outfit to the entire townsfolk. The people cringe but play along because they do not want to insult the king or appear stupid. Suddenly, a child who is too young to understand what is going on begins crying out that the emperor is naked. The entire town begins to make the same comment, but the emperor continues to walk around town, suspecting that the opinion is true but not wanting to appear foolish in front of his people.
Much like the emperor in the story, we need to be aware from whom we seek advice. A friend will tell us the truth even when it hurts. An enemy will continually build us up as we head in the wrong direction. This is important because those who have influence over you will affect the outcome of your life. They may determine your career, family, or closeness with God. Believers should take this verse and this story as a stern warning. Those who surround you will affect your life.
Pause & Reflect:
• Who is close to you and how is this person affecting you?
• Are they drawing you closer to or further away from God? Why?
• Pray that God continues to put encouraging relationships in your life that draw you closer to Christ.