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Friday, March 8th, '19

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RELIGIOUS FRONT

"...they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" (Genesis 3:7)

 

An apron, as you know, is a cover to shield from splashing tomato juice, mustard, beef gravy and what have you. It is bow-tied in the back and only covers the front. Adam and Eve sewed together a fig leaf spirituality which was only frontal, a religious front. God offered the first sinning pair "coats of skins, and clothed them" (vs 21). These were skins for sins. Religion does a pseudo-masking, redemption covers the whole person. An apron can do nothing for the backside. The backside symbolizes all that is behind us, our history with all its failures, mistakes, missteps and mishaps. The apron wearer has to always remain face to face with others and at arm's length. If they get too close they might discover the truth and the ugliness behind it all.

 

And the backside is particularly vulnerable to enemy assault. Clothed in Christ's righteousness no part is bare, no part exposed. The enemy can get to our "flesh" if all we don is a flimsy apron. Notice, the first tailored garment was made of leaves. The religious person speaks of turning over a new leaf. That is okay in itself because making resolutions and reforming oneself is good. The only problem is that the leaves dry in the noonday sun and blow away with the first storm wind. Fallen man doesn't need a new leaf, he needs a new life, and that's the difference between religion and redemption. Adam and Eve "sewed" them together. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. People who design their own tailor-made religion do the same. They take a little philosophy here, some psychology there, meditation on one hand, prayer books on the other, Mother nature, Father Time, church pews, prayer beads, sew them all together and the fabric appears fairly stable.

 

But it is a religious front. Not because there is anything wrong with an apron, it is just that the people beneath the aprons are still Adam and Eve. You can change jobs or change addresses, but the addressee is still the same old person. Suppose the apron was outlined in purple sequins shipped direct from the Vatican. Or the apron might be spun silk, or this would be good, have the apron go all the way to the neck and add a clerical collar. There are as many apron styles as there are fashion designers but nothing on the sale rack deals with the person wearing the frock. Jesus had a different take on humanity. He said, "Ye must be born again" (John 3:7). It is not a fashion problem, and not a passion problem. It is a heart issue. You know, they put aprons on heart patients all the time but still a percentage of those in ICU die from their complications. An apron is just a front. A smile can be one too, as well as a signed offering envelope or one's favorite Sunday suit or dress. Adam and Eve knew they were naked. Naked, who suggested that? Conscience was certainly one voice that told them they needed a covering. Thank God, Jesus provided the covering, a complete covering. Dress up in redemption, as Paul urged, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh..." (Romans 13:14) Anything else is just a religious front.


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