Yesterday, my wife and I went to see "Les Mis," the movie version of the highly successful musical based on the novel, "Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. I remember reading the original book sometime in my growing up days when I attended the French parochial school. It was a mortality lesson that I never forgot.
A man is imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed a hungry child. A young mother is forced to prostitute herself and suffer all kinds of harsh treatment to feed her own child and dies an old woman in her mid 20s. Young revolutionaries are slaughtered like animals in the field because they dare to challenge the state. Life was tough in early 19th century France.
So today I picked up my Kindle and read my daily passage from the "Chronological Bible in One Year." In today's reading Job, the faithful servant of God, is put to the test by the devil who maliciously visits one plague after another on this early-day farmer to test his faith. In defiance of the devil Job states, "Naked was I as I came from my mother's womb and naked I shall be as I leave this earth."
Perhaps it is an encouraging thought to think of Jesus Christ dying on the cross nearly naked and with no worldly possessions visible. How much more we have today and still cry foul when circumstances turn against us. Most of us are not forced to die naked. But we all will be as the undertaker prepares us for a last showing. In America we have treasures that many in parts of the world envy. The last time I looked, more people were trying to enter America that those who wanted to leave.
I read someplace that people are only real when they are naked. Should we make our political representatives meet naked when they enact laws? IMHO, it wouldn't hurt.