Does God care what you wear to church?

“My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.” James 2:1


The church has had to adjust to the concept that kids will dress however they wish for church. After observing girls wearing shorts (very short) and guys wearing baggy pants, the church seems to agree that what young people wear does not affect their spiritual life. One of my friends couldn’t stand seeing young girls in shorts participating in worship and changed her membership to another church.

Years ago, a visitored came to one of my former churches and attracted attention when he entered the sanctuary after the service began. The chain on his waist jingled, his greasy hair hung low on his shoulders, his clothes were soiled, and the days of growth of facial hair indicated it may have been a few days since he had taken a shower and shaved. Nearly everyone stared at him and wondered if he would create trouble–even harm someone. After a few weeks of the same entrance to worship, he stopped coming. Perhaps someone talked to him about his entrance–or no one spoke to him at all and sensed he wasn’t welcome.

I guess I’m from the old school of dressing up for work and worship, yet not trying to look out of place. I occasionally wear a dress but am most comfortable in slacks and a nice top. I guess you might call my style “business casual” and “church casual.”

Dear Lord, let us pay more attention to the details of worship than judging the style show of the worshippers. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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