Remember when forces pushed ISIS from Raqqa? This woman probably does. From what I can tell, under ISIS’s rule, she had to cover herself with a full-length black garment. Skip to the thirty-second mark to see her joy at being liberated. She rips the black garment right off. (She’s wearing another outfit underneath, so there’s no nudity.)
I wanted to yell “you go, girl!” when I watched the video. This garment isn’t a little, black dress you wear for a fancy occasion, or a graduation gown to celebrate an educational milestone. It’s a symbol of her slavery under the repressive and oppressive rule of the so-called Islamic State.
And, let’s be honest, it’s not fashionable at all.
The New Man
I thought about going one direction with this post until another spiritual application popped into my mind during Bible study.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 12:2
Being conformed to the pattern of the world… How often do we hear or think that Christians are all cookie-cutter people that can’t do this and can’t do that and can’t have fun, and the World is full of a myriad of people and personalities and genders (sorry, had to go there).
“Do not by any means destroy yourself,
for if you live you may yet have good fortune,
but all the dead are dead like.”
– C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
The variety of the world is just a veneer. On the outside, there might be an incredible spectrum of humanity, but the spiritual pattern of the world is one of conformation to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Servants of the world are all black-robed slaves to an oppressive regime. We can try to behave differently, but all our righteousness is as filthy rags (Is. 64:6) and they won’t free us.
Only by believing in Jesus Christ can be given white robes of righteousness. What a glorious day that is!
The Eternal Man
I came up with two spiritual applications from this video. I know! Aren’t you glad you had to wait a whole month for a blog post?
The second application is one that I think about every time I struggle with allergies… or my besetting sins. I think of the day when a believer dies. When our soul departs for the Lord and we leave this body — broken and beset by sin — will we tear it off us with a cry of joy? I like to think so.
What a glorious day that will be.
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