Monday, July 9, 2012


These days it is in vogue to wear any old thing to church. At some point people decided that it would be good to dress down for church because we don’t want other people feeling uncomfortable. After all, we aren’t supposed to be trying to impress other people by what we wear to church anyway. It is God we are to worship. It sounds good, but I don’t think that argument holds water.

First, I’m a guy and I don’t spend a lot of time trying to impress people with what I wear. I’m sure some people do, but I don’t think dressing down will change people’s desire to impress those around them. If it isn’t with their clothes, they’ll find something else for that purpose.

Second, how many people do you know of that will refuse to go to church because the people dress too fancy? I’ve heard people use that excuse, but I’ve also seen people with very little come to church anyway.

But here’s what really gets me. If a person were invited to the White House, no matter which party’s candidate were in office, he would probably wear his best suit. He might even go out and buy a new suit. This isn’t to impress the President; the President sees people in suits all the time. A man would dress up to visit the White House out of respect for the office of the President of the United States. The President is part of our government and deserves respect, even if we disagree with some of what he does. Now, consider that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is higher in authority than the President and the church is Jesus’ bride. If we show respect the President or the Governor by how we dress, is it not logical to assume that we should show respect to Jesus in the way we dress?