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The Emperor’s New Clothes – Redux

modest girlThe picture to the left is not of the best quality. It is, however, striking. It is the picture of a young girl, perhaps 8 or 9 years old, who is hiding her eyes during the 2011 Toronto Pride Parade, an annual event celebrating the LBGT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender) agenda in Canada. While the picture was taken at the 2011 parade, it was published on the internet only this week. The picture (cropped from a much larger image) was taken by Steve Jalsevac of

The parade included large numbers of completely naked men and women, wearing only shoes. Transvestites were also prevalent, along with profane and sexually explicit signs and banners. Even those clothed were often dressed in very immodest attire. Thousands lined the streets. Community leaders, including participants from various area law enforcement agencies, actively took part in the parade. Many children were present, including the one in the picture.

In a well known children’s story by Hans Christian Anderson called The Emperor’s New Clothes, a king is duped by two swindlers who sell him an “outfit” that they say is invisible to any who are common or stupid. The vain king “adorns” himself in the outfit, and parades about with the people all fawning. It takes a small child in the crowd to reveal the truth, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The story is intended to expose the danger of pride, and the silliness of vain pretension.

Similarly, in the midst of all the “gay pride”, and overt, perverted sexuality that was being advocated in the 2011 Toronto Pride parade, it took a little girl covering her eyes as a completely naked group of men walked by to reveal the truth behind the event. While everyone knew and proudly proclaimed that these men were naked, only the little girl proclaimed by her actions that it was shameful!

There is an old fashioned term, found in the King James version of the Bible that describes what was sorely lacking in that parade, and likewise is missing in our society as a whole, shamefacedness. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety…” (1 Timothy 2:9). While Paul’s admonition was for the woman, the concept is equally applicable to both genders. The word is defined by Strong’s as expressing the idea of “having downcast eyes, bashfulness, modesty.” This godly characteristic is greatly lacking in our day.

It was appalling that parents took their little daughters and sons to such a spectacle. It was disheartening that so many participated by publicly championing and cheering for what God has proclaimed to be perverted. Acceptable expressions of sexuality find their proper place only in the home between a man and his wife. It was offensive that so many in authority took an active part in the festivities, “who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).

In the end, they were all shamed by one little girl who even at a young age knew better, and averted her eyes.