What Kind of Dresses Should We Wear To Church?
When it comes to understanding what kind of church dresses we should be wearing to praise God in, it seems that the longer this world is around, the more casual services become.
I can remember when I was a child that church services were the time to dress up. It seems like more and more people are getting comfortable wearing jeans, tees, sweatshirts, and flip flops to the services.
It just goes to show you how much respect we have lost for the house of God.
Back in the day jeans were a rarity, t-shirts were even rarer, shorts were NEVER seen and people would have laughed at you for wearing flip flops to the church. However, times have changed and people have lost sight of what they should be wearing to services.
These changes reflect the wide cultural evolution that are occurring in our society. These people who are choosing to go casual, along with the people who decide to go “dressy” have two different opinions about what they wear.
The people who dress down believe that this is a more authentic approach to God, while the people who dress up feel that casual clothing reflect an irreverent and disrespectful attitude toward God and the entire idea of church. Which group is correct? What kind of dress should we appear in church, and does either have a Biblical leg to stand on with their argument?
Casual vs. Dressy
In essence, there is no Biblical reference to give either of these two ideals proper argument status. Wearing clothing that is more casual is no more de facto in the spiritual sense than wearing dressy clothes are more de facto respectful.
Wherefore the Lord said, “Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.” ~Isaiah 29:13
Casual clothing doesn’t help us get any closer to God than dressy clothes do. One of the major principles in this argument show that while neither casual or dressy can get us closer to the Lord, it is how their hypocritical heart approaches God in these services. Someone can wear a suit and praise God on Sunday and be the most vile sinner on Monday. In fact, there is one thing the Bible suggests we wear when we are around one another:
…be clothed in humility. ~1 Peter 5:5
The clothing itself can be a source of great pride in someone’s life. As a matter of fact, the designer labels people crave can be a crippling effect of that pride we just mentioned. On the other hand, refusing to wear dressy clothes to church because you believe it represents something that it isn’t is also a case of pride and haughtiness.
Find Your Standard
While we are connected by faith, religion, and Christianity, the one thing that separates us is the soul salvation that each of us needs to work out with fear and trembling. If someone is truly approaching their spirituality with fear and diligently trying to get closer to God and build their Christian walk with Him, their clothing options will work themselves out naturally.
What should scare someone is being in the church for years and not seeing any growth. In order for a Christian to truly advance in their relationship with the Lord, things begin to fall away from their lives. The closer you get to Him, the less “stuff” you have that prevents you from building that relationship the Lord desires from you.
Are Church Dresses Necessary?
Is wearing modest church dresses each and every night the doors open necessary? Probably not. But one thing’s for certain, you sure do look nice. Also, it is proven that the nicer you appear the more respect and authority you claim from people around you. If you are a member of a church, think about the question of wearing church dresses. Does it sound legitimate for you to wear them every time, every other time? One thing is for certain, as long as you are doing the best you can do to get closer to God, the idea of church dresses will work itself out. People who concentrate solely on clothing are missing the bigger picture. While it is an essential principle of most Christian standards, if you’re moving toward Him consistently, you will start to see the change you need to see in your life.
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