“THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES”

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We have a friend who, when asked to read a story at her daughter’s grade school “Reading Day,” read The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. Good for her.

We are ruled by an emperor who, though he has no self-control, seeks to control his subjects by parading truth as lies and trying to make us believe that we, not he, are the crazy ones.

When Donald Trump sent Sean Spicer out to chastise the media for reporting that the inauguration crowd was less than that of previous presidents, it presented a naked insight into the mind of a flawed leader.

Here’s My Take: In The Emperor’s New Clothes, a child finally points out that “the emperor has no clothes” while everyone else, for their own safety, ignored this truth. It brings to mind Jesus’ words, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

In both Matthew’s Gospel and Andersen’s famous tale, to be child-like is to speak the truth, regardless of one’s age.

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