The Japanese Flag and Righteousness

"Naked Japan" by Noemi Sunshine

In case you didn’t know, Riva is obsessed with the Japanese flag.  On one of her many internet adventures, she found this site and I think you guys might enjoy it.  11 illustrators got together and created their own Japanese flag designs in an attempt to “support the people of Japan and their struggle with our art.”  All of the art seeks to capture the disaster, and all of the profits go to support the Red Cross in its efforts to aid refugees.  “Naked Japan” (above) really moved me because it describes perfectly what many Japanese feel very keenly post-tsunami.  There’s no saving face on global television.

The Kanji are Japanese characters which come from Chinese. This is "gi," the symbol for righteousnes.

While I was in Japan, I preached a sermon on Luke 18:9-13 entitled, “what do you wear?”  It dealt with the truth that God wants us to come into his presence, not wearing any righteousness of our own, but naked and humbled by our sin, and he will clothe us in the righteousness of Christ.

Well many years ago, my grandfather who was a long-time missionary in Japan taught me that the Kanji letter for righteousness is made up of two different words: “lamb” over “me.”  In other words, the lamb over me is my righteousness.  The meaning of true righteousness has been imbedded in Japanese culture for thousands and thousands of years.  Maybe the tsunami is one of the means God will use to help the Japanese to admit their nakedness and come to find true righteousness in the bloody covering of the lamb over me?


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