Here's a thought I came across on facebook a few weeks ago. Someone had commented in regards to dressing our best for church. The comment basically went something like this.
Many give the reason for having dress standards at church is that we should always be giving the Lord our best; therefore, dressing up for church (women in skirts and dresses) is pleasing to God. So, if we are always to be giving God our best then why is it acceptable to dress "more casually" for a youth activity, Wednesday night service, or even a Sunday evening service? Are these events not taking place at church as well? Therefore, wouldn't it be hypocritical to say that we dress our best for the Lord at church and then show up in less than our best for a mid-week service?
There's many Scriptural reasons for dress standards. I agree with the reason that when we go to church we should dress up to give our best for the Lord. However, the statement about dressing more casually on a mid-week service really struck me. I can see how someone could think it would be hypocritical to show up to church mid-week dressed more casually than on a Sunday. Church is church right?! Personally, I dress the same on a Wednesday as I would on a Sunday. Mostly that has to do with the fact that I dress up for my job, and I come to church straight from work, so I'm pretty well always dressed up. However; I don't think it makes you a bad Christian to dress slightly more casually for a mid-week church service than a Sunday service. Obviously, this is getting very nit-picky, but the underlying issue here is a heart issue.
If someone views me as hypocritical for dressing more casually for a mid-week church service, then I would do my best to correct that. If that means not wearing my jean skirt on Wednesday night, then I'm fine with that. To me, it's more important to keep a good testimony and relationship with my fellow Christians than to wear what I want to wear to church. However, I think getting so precise on an issue like this is kind of extreme. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for having dress standards. I have a lot of them myself, but we must be careful. I hesitate to say that we need to extend grace to our fellow Christians in the area of dress, because in recent years this has been taken to another extreme and people now expect to be able to show up to church in their grungiest (or terribly immodest) clothes and that's fine. Sorry... that's not fine!
The more I read the Scripture, the more I see how balanced God is. Sadly, today things like dress standards get taken to such extremes. It seems like it's either no dress standards, or strictly enforced to the exact colour, length, and style of clothing dress standard. What we all need is some spiritual maturity, good Scriptural teaching, and balance! Spiritual maturity encourages us to err on the side of caution (a bit longer and looser and even dressier). Scriptural teaching helps us understand why this issue is important to God, and how it makes such an impact on our testimony. Balance allows us to extend grace and live in a way that is not hypocritical or offensive to others.
So, is it wrong to dress more casually for a mid-week service or youth activity? What do you think?
Do you have Scripture for your opinion?
How would you deal with someone at your church that was offended by how you dressed? Would you change for them or expect them to change for you?
Thoughts? Leave a comment.