The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen wrote a story called “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in 1837 that is relevant for today. Every day I see this story being played out in our world.

The story goes like this. An emperor loved new clothes so much that he spent all his money on them. One day two con men arrived in town and they said they were weavers who could create fabric so fine that it would become invisible to anyone who was too stupid or unfit.

The Emperor commissioned them to make a set of clothes for him from this fabric, and so they did. They acted as if they were weaving and cutting the fabric. The emperor sent two officials to inspect the progress. Obviously they couldn’t see anything, but they didn’t want to be seen as stupid or unfit so they both reported back to the emperor how delightful the clothes were. Finally the emperor went himself to look, and though he couldn’t see anything, the emperor didn’t want people to think he was stupid or unfit, so he gave his highest approval of the clothing. Since the emperor said that HE could see it, of course everyone with him did not want to be seen as stupid or unfit, so they all agreed that the clothing was beautiful.

Then the clothes were done, and the con men helped the emperor put the clothes on, and then complimented him on how nice he looked. So the emperor went out into the town in a procession and all the people of the town remarked on how fine the clothes looked. Andersen says, “Nobody would confess that he couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool.”

Just then a little boy called out, “But he hasn’t got anything on!” And the words began to spread among the people. Soon the whole town cried out, “But he hasn’t got anything on!” And the Emperor suspected they were correct, but his pride kept him from admitting the ridiculousness of his situation.

This story is happening today. The con men are the Leftists who are telling everybody that a biological man can become a biological woman, and vice versa. The Emperor is the establishment, the government and the media, which knows that this is false but cannot say so, because then they will be seen as mean and hateful, so they insist this lie is the truth. The townspeople are the citizens who know in their hearts that this is a load of hooey, a bunch of nonsense, but if they say so, they could get in trouble.

We need a little boy who has the courage to loudly speak the truth.

About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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1 Response to The Emperor’s New Clothes

  1. wallybird83 says:

    Ain’t that the truth…..excellent comparison

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