God doesn’t care what you wear to church, as long as you’re there. Discuss!
When I was growing up, wearing your Sunday best to church was taken for granted. Today, in my part of the world, we are becoming more and more casual in our dress. There is little change between what we wear to work, a social evening out, or sitting on the couch watching TV. I’ve attended weddings where the only suits in sight are worn by the groom, his grooms-men, and perhaps the fathers of the couple.
Sunday morning is no exception to the ‘casual every-day’ mentality. Is it an issue worth worrying over? On the one hand, I say no. When the pews are half empty, nagging those present about their choice of garments is absurd. I’ve been to Sunday masses in a resort town where a stern announcement is made before mass stating that beach-wear is not allowed in church. A quick, uncomfortable glance around shows a few young people wearing cargo shorts and flip-flops. Please don’t make them feel uncomfortable. The fact that they are present on a warm and sunny Sunday morning is a reason to rejoice.
On the other hand, the externals of dress reflect the internals of feeling and thought. A special effort in the way we present ourselves reflects our acknowledgment of the specialness of the occasion. It is a simple sign of respect. There is no need for over-the-top dress codes. But, we’ve sunk so low on the formality scale that it wouldn’t take much to move up a wee notch. We shouldn’t be fashion snobs, but we don’t need to be slobs.
One last thought…visit any of our local restaurants for a post-church Sunday brunch and you will see many of our Protestant friends in their Sunday finest.