I don’t need a necktie to be spiritual!
It was almost 5:30am and I was still yelling inside my head, struggling with what to wear to church today (and you thought only ladies had that
problem habit!). It was one of those Sundays.
With absolutely no desire whatsoever to dress up for church, the regular ‘guys’ suddenly felt like unnecessary burdens. Necktie, blazer, fancy shoes…aaahhhhh. …not today. Can’t I just show up in flip flops, a casual tee and just worship God freely? Must I dress up for sundays?
Well, I did manage to suppress the urge for the flip flops and this is how I ended up looking today.
Okay, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about you.
Did you make it to church today? How was it? Hope it was worth the time and effort that went into your eventual attendance.
Speaking of ‘effort’ and thinking about my early morning experience today, a thought bubbles up. It’s the concept of the Sunday dress.
If we’d be completely honest, most of us still have certain clothes we rarely wear on any other day (with a few exceptions of course). They are our specials: very trendy, probably more expensive and relatively newer than the ‘regulars’ (the sparse usage helped with that part). Our equivalent of grandma’s ‘bottom-box’.
You show up in church and everyone is looking like they walked off the pages of a glamour magazine. So bougee.
A minister recently said in his sermon*,
You wear your best because you are coming to God’s house to worship and you sure wouldn’t want to be presented to God wearing anything but your best
But what do you think? Are we really wearing these for God or to look good for people? I’m not saying that’s bad in itself. Afterall, God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance, right? (1 Samuel 16:7). Man focuses on the exterior. Who says we can’t please both?
But check this out:
For if a person comes into your congregation whose hands are adorned with gold rings and who is wearing splendid apparel, and also a poor [man] in shabby clothes comes in,
And you pay special attention to the one who wears the splendid clothes and say to him, Sit here in this preferable seat! While you tell the poor [man], Stand there! Or Sit there on the floor at my feet!
Are you not discriminating among your own and becoming critics and judges with wrong motives?
James 2:2-4 [The Amplified Bible]
Looking good is never a bad idea, but what do you think? As long as we stay within the borders of decency and decorum, should “you are addressed the way you are dressed” apply in the house of God?
Is the Sunday dress still a tradition worth sustaining? Are there (or SHOULD there be) any downsides (spiritual or social) to just showing up in church looking regular (albeit neat) on a Sunday morning? I’d love to hear your views on this.
Alright then, go ahead and add your voice to today’s coconversation
*Quoted from Yahoo Answers
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