Note: This blog post is a message to nudists/naturists about Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Ecclesiastes 3:20)
Today is Ash Wednesday.
A day of reflection and humility.
When I hear the word Naked, the first word that comes to mind is Vulnerable.
The reason why is this:
A person who is naked has removed all physical barriers (clothes) between what other people see, and think, about them. Nothing is left to the imagination.
A person who is naked is opening themselves up to the judgement of others.
Being naked, I believe, can be seen as an act of humility. How? This is how: A person who is naked is implicitly saying “See me — all of me — and love me — all of me.”
God created people naked without shame. (Genesis 2:25)
When Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they saw that they were naked and covered themselves. (Genesis 3:6 — 7) I don’t believe that Adam and Eve covered themselves because they thought their body was some shameful, dirty thing. God created all things (including the body) and said it was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
I believe that Adam and Eve covered themselves because neither wanted to be seen as just their pleasure-inducing body parts: Eve didn’t want Adam to see her as just a vagina, and Adam didn’t want Eve to see him as just a penis.
Fear of being seen as a means to an end, and not seen as a human being with dignity and value, is where I believe Adam’s and Eve’s shame came from. The reason why is because I believe that sin doesn’t make God’s creation any less good, it just makes us (human beings) less able to appreciate it.
For example: If a stranger were to walk in on a woman when she is in the bathroom, naked, the woman would cover herself with her hands or a towel, turn away, and/or yell “Get out!” The reason why is because the woman isn’t sure that this man has her best interests at heart. The woman can’t see this man like Eve saw Adam before she ate the fruit. The woman isn’t covering herself because she’s thinking “My body is evil.” The woman is covering herself because she’s thinking “This man can’t be trusted.”
A person who is naked is attempting to return to the state of being that God created mankind in: Naked without shame. (Genesis 2:25)
Every human being wants to be loved.
It takes courage to be naked. I believe that being naked can be seen as an act of humility. A person, by being naked, is humbling themselves. Exposing themselves to judgement. Implicitly saying “See me — all of me — and love me — all of me.”
During Lent, may you be emotionally naked before God: May you show him the deepest, most desperate desires of your heart.
May you tear off the fig leaves that cover your heart, exposing yourself to the love that God waits to give you, no matter who you are or where you come from.
For further reading: A prayer to God about a person’s sexuality.