aRE THERE ANYMORE CHURCH CLOTHES?
Church services change in style as does everything; although, God is a neverchanging presence in
our lives. We often quote the phrase, "God is the same yesterday, today, and always." However,
when we change something...anything really...we need to ask, "Does it need to be changed?" For
example, there are many different styles of attire for church service today. In almost any church
you can put on anything and worship. Why? Consider James 2:1-13 (NIV):
1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a
man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also
comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,”
but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated
among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
However, just because the Bible cautions us to not show favoritism because of attire, does that mean it does not matter? Just because I can wear a tight, hot pink mini-skirt and matching back-out, halter top to church does it mean I should? Or just because I can wear baggy, sagging jeans without a belt and with a wife beater top to worship does it mean I should?
Listen, no church should judge us according to our attire. God certainly will not let us into glory because we wore a long white dress every Sunday, with matching white
stockings, and hat, or a three piece navy blue suit and matching Florsheim's.
However, since we are going to serve and worship the creator of the universe, the
alpha and omega, the One who gave us life and sustains us, isn't He worthy of a
different attire than that which we wear every day? If all you have is mini-skirts,
halter tops, sagging jeans, and wife beaters, then go to church and get your praise
on. However, often we have other garments and choose not to wear them, because
"I don't have to." No, we do not have to dress special for our Lord; it is a privilege
and honor to dress specially for our Master. It is our choice. Why shouldn't I give my
savior a treatment I reserve just for Him? God is not just the friend next door. He is
the Almighty. Deuteronomy 10:17, 32:4 and Numbers 23:19 (NIV) state:
17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. 19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Does not our Father God deserve our best? Our parents and grandparents, as
they hollored each Sunday, after church, "Hurry! Pull those church clothes off and
hang them up! Put those shoes back in the box!" maybe were honoring this fact.
So, maybe the days of having church clothes need to return...maybe not!
However, the next time someone makes the statement to you that their church is
not really into that church clothes thing, ask them, "Why not? Isn't our God
worth the effort?"
This is one perspective. What is yours?