But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
This week, I happened to read an article titled, “Churchgoers abandon ‘Sunday best’” that I thought was pretty interesting. Read it HERE.
I have attended churches where some men wear ties and women wear dresses, and I have attended churches where people wear jeans, shorts, and sandals. I have attended churches where the pageantry of the service was just as important as the message. Rest assured, I do own several “Sunday best” outfits, but they normally remain in my closet.
I don’t think God really cares what I wear, as long as I am there. Unfortunately, there are people attending church who care and that’s where there’s a problem called “judging.”
I have to admit that it does bother me some when every once in a while I see some redneck guy wearing a hat during church, but that may be because I was in the military and we are taught not to wear hats inside. I’ve also caught myself laughing (inside) at some of the “outfits” I’ve seen pastors wear to look cool. They probably are “cool” and it’s just me that’s not.
Then we have the “modesty” factor. Today breaking that rule seems to be the eye of the beholder.
In closing, I don’t think we need to dwell on what to wear in church. We need to get people in church no matter what they are wearing to hear God’s message.
I attended a church several years ago that had a sign on the wall with this quote:
Church: A hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Amen to that.
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