In China it is a sign of respect to take one’s shoes off upon entering a household. All around the world, I am sure there are folks who must produce charismatic phlegm in order to endure a friend tromping through their home with shoes on.
Why though? Why is this the case?
Here are two instances in The Bible where God commands a man to take off their sandals in His presence.
Exodus 3:5: Moses
<Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”>
Joshua 5:15: Joshua
<And The Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so.>
I am absolutely positive that the reason God requires such intense respect is not simply for formality. It is not because Our God turns up His nose snobbishly saying “I, sir, am so much better than you, that you must bow down and worship Me.”
No, no, no, that is not God. You see, man seeks to be worshiped for his own benefit. Usually. Why? Because Satan has twisted the reasons for worship from selfless to selfish.
We all know the human body is covered in absorbent material called the skin. I want you to take a guess at what the most absorbent part of the skin is. That is right, it is the sole of one’s foot.
Maybe, this is why God so lovingly commands a man standing before Him – on holy ground – to please, for your sake, soak it in. The rest of your skin has glands that produce sebum. Sebum is an oil that protects the skin from absorbing things too quickly. Not only are there no sebaceous glands on your feet’s souls, but there are no hair follicles either. Within 20 minutes of a material being placed on your foot’s bottom, traces of that material (if absorbent) can be found throughout the entire body. The bloodstream soaks it up almost immediately. In the case of our forefathers in faith, it is holy ground that is being soaked into the bloodstream and dispersing throughout all the organs, including the brain and the heart.
I doubt this guy is Christian; However, it is unclean birds that brought Elijah meat. Simon begins lying when he talks about evolution but the idea expressed in his video is still mostly right. God is using Simon to teach people to fall better into the track of what leadership is truly about. Why are things like respect and bare feet important information to good leaders? If to you it seems unrelated, pray about it and God may very well take you on a journey that will turn you into a better employee, boss, or friend than you already are.