"Send In The Clowns", Part 1




"...Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." Genesis 3:7


And we've been "covering up" ever since!


The first "covering" happened after the first sin, when Adam and Eve realized they were "naked." The Hebrew word we translate as "naked" in this passage is the Hebrew word "erom". It's rooted in another Hebrew word, "aram" which can mean "cunning" (in a bad sense) or "shrewd". Interestingly it's also the word the Bible uses to describe the snake in the garden in that same passage when it says, "Now the serpent was more 'cunning/crafty/shrewd' than any of the wild animals the LORD had made."


Often people ask why we should be ashamed of our nakedness or why Adam and Eve were (or became so), but what the Bible is telling us (as much as anything else) is that they saw their "craftiness," their "shrewdness," their ability to be cunning (in a bad way), and became ashamed. They saw their "badness" (yes I know that’s not a word); their ability to be bad, and became ashamed.


They saw who they were apart from God and became ashamed.


They saw their imperfection and became ashamed.


Perhaps not being able to cover what they were aware of on the inside led them, in a "this is the best we can do" way, to cover what existed on the outside. Perhaps that's why we do it as well.


Ever since that first sin, that first awareness of imperfection, humanity has been trying to cover its faults so no one else will see them.


Adam and eve used fig leaves, we use statuses, posturing, bank accounts, know it all attitudes, mock humility, lifestyle consuming hobbies, push up bras and padded bras, particular styles of dress, body art, t-shirts that display our unique (but also commercialized) life mantras, stickers on our cars that look like fruit but say with an image what kind of person we are, what kind of lives we lead, and how we think.




We all use them; we all have them.  It's our way since Adam and Eve.


In lives that often resemble a circus, we have become the clowns; a people so "covered," and so preposterously so, in such a "Look at me! This is who I am! Really!" kind of way, that we have become laughable; to each other (witness reality TV as exhibit A, which screams at the top of its lungs to our unconscious selves at the start of each show, "send in the clowns!"), and even more so, if only in a tragic sense, to our Creator, who says of us, "You are fearfully and wonderfully made."


We have become so "covered," that just as a clown, our truest selves, those created in the very image of God Himself, those that reflect His character, His heart, His nature, are often unrecognizable in our present conditions; a tragedy that must be remedied if we are to be the beauty God created us to be, the light of the world He encouraged us to be, and, ironically, the people we play at being with our makeup; those creations no longer clowns covered in makeup so as to masquerade as a parody of humanity, but those creations of God who are actually "people;" the very thing of which God said of its creation, "Let us make [it] in OUR image, in OUR likeness." and then, having done so, blessed that creation, gave it dominion over the earth, and said of it, "It is good."


Perhaps much of our walk with God after our confession of faith, much of what we think of as adhering to religion, or following rules, or becoming better people, is just as accurately perceived as God simply helping us to remove our coverings; one layer at a time, layer after layer, until, finally, the bride can stand unashamed before her Groom, and so both can finally, and truly, have the honeymoon which is heaven.