Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How do you think you should dress for church?

How do you think you should dress for church? I would be interested in feedback on this.
I belong to the conservative-holiness movement, and of course. the ladies wear dresses or skirts all the time. We might wear our jean or denim skirts at home, and that is our casual, but you don't wear them Sunday morning. Those who don't belong to the conservative crowd might consider wearing a jean skirt dressing up as they wear pants the rest of the time, and might dress the way we do for Sunday church for a wedding or a very formal occasion. I know some people think it is showing respect for God to dress your best "for Him" on Sunday or for going to church period. Is this necessary to you?
First of all, I am "agin" it--this dressing up!!! For one thing, I feel if you are trying to get folk in that are not holiness-based, they are bound to feel uncomfortable with their wardrobe. We can say, " Oh! come in your jeans--we dont care!"--and we dont!!--but would you be comfortable in our setting if you were that outsider coming in? I dont quite think so. I know some outside people have thought that the church folk were trying to outdress each other. Belonging to the movement my self, I know it is not true most of time, but I can see how it could look that way.
My second bone of contention with it is, I am a hillbilly at heart, and I am not comfortable in dress clothes, and I dread Sundays because of it! I feel I could worship God more freely if I was in more comfortable clothes.
I think we need to be clean and neat--by all means--but why must we be so formal??? I am not talking sloppy. I hate sloppy churches too, but I like a well-run but somewhat informal church where the atmosphere is comfortable. I can worship and feel more free in that kind of a church---please tell me if you know one of those kind around still that is also conservative and spiritual!! I just think this can apply to our church clothes too--clean and neat, informal but not sloppy. I dont think that is disrespectful to God in the slightest. If I am wrong, give me the Scripture, but I am of the opinion that I can "serve him in sincerity and in truth" without my fancy duds!


Chris said...

I agree sometimes it seems to be a fashion show... even if that is not the intent, it feels that way to me. I am the jean skirt even on Sunday morning kinda person. I don't have a lot of variety in my closet. I keep it simple, so that means what I wear on any day of the week I may well wear on Sunday. I worship Jesus, not the clothing industry. When I used to dress up for church, I felt like I was putting on airs since that was the only time I would dress up. Others who dress up for work and such may not feel the same as I do. Thankfully God is the judge and knows our hearts!

Kimmy said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your comment on my blog;-)

I love this post, by the way! I am a person that feels totally uncomfortable in "dress clothes" and I do not feel like myself if I have to dress up for an occasion.

I attend a informal church, but I think everyone dresses modestly and with respect. While I respect those who dress more formally, I think God is much more interested in what is in our hearts, than what we are wearing on the outside.