Clothing Matters: What We Wear to Church

The so-called “worship wars” of current years might have produced a winner. Many congregations remain divided between traditional and modern kinds, however in most places the modern appears to have gained the upper hand.

What’s more, our worship companies have grow to be increasingly relaxed and casual affairs. You can see it in what we wear. Church for as we speak’s worshipers is not a dress-up event. Whatever is clear and comfortable seems sufficient. Christian students in particular have been taught by their seniors — or has it been the reverse?— that on the subject of Church Dresses, attire doesn’t much matter. They perceive there is nothing notably religious a few dress or a coat and tie. God is scarcely impressed by such things. “People look at the outward look,” we are reminded, “however the LORD appears to be like on the coronary heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).

I do not intend to wade into the broader debate over worship styles; that is a special discussion. In any case, I’m content with both traditional or up to date in the event that they’re done well. But I do want to elevate a question about this last notion: namely, that in terms of public worship, our clothing would not matter. This widespread assumption, it appears to me, deserves more scrutiny than it typically receives.

During the last a number of generations, American attire basically has lurched dramatically toward the informal. A feature that shortly dates an old photograph, for example, is the lads wearing fedoras; most immediately would not know the place to seek out one. Those that are old sufficient can remember when travelers received spiffed up to board an airplane. In the present day’s travelers think nothing of flying in duds they might wear to the gym.