A lot of people feel like dressing up for church is optional & really only a matter between them and God. I think that’s wrong & here’s why –
When we become saved we become “new creatures in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17). People who have accepted Christ as their Savior are supposed to be different in the way they talk, their actions and even the way they dress. We are supposed to set an example for those around us, similar to a celebrity who is a role model whether they want to be one or not. Setting an example for others includes dressing appropriately, especially in the house of the Lord, so that others may know how to dress in church. After all, if we don’t set the example in the church, then who will?
There is the argument that it really shouldn’t matter what you wear to church. After all, the Lord looks at your heart and man sees the outward appearance, right? (I Sam. 16:7) Wrong. God judges us by our actions, in accordance to His Holy Word. The book of Matthew tells us that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears (7:16-20). In other words, it doesn’t matter what you say, it matters what you do. If a non-Christian sees a Christian dressed any ole kind of way, then you’re misrepresenting who you are in Christ.
Some people would argue what should they wear if they don’t have any church clothes? Well, I’m sure if President & Mrs. Obama stopped by for a visit, they would surely find appropriate clothes so there is no excuse. If you can dig up enough money to buy club clothes, go out to dinner or the movies then surely you can scrape up enough to buy decent attire for church.
At the end of the day, it’s about respect. Respect the house of the Lord by wearing church appropriate attire.
The article below makes some very significant points about dressing appropriately in church.
Churches Grapple With Clothing And What’s Appropriate As Summer Heats Up By Michelle Boorstein
As Ann Cabiness stood in the Communion line at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Sunday morning, two things were on her mind: connecting with God and getting out of the humid sanctuary before someone mentioned her skimpy tank top and tight, knee-length running pants.
“I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time. I know I’m in the wrong. My mother would not approve,” the 30-year-old said sheepishly as she made a beeline from Mass at the Bethesda church to the gym. “But would it be better that I not come?”
Summer in our sweltering region forces a theological question: How does God feel about exposed shoulders in a house of worship? Or toes? Or some glimpse of thigh?
With temperatures in the 80s by 7:30 a.m. services, this is the season for church bulletin items like the one in Our Lady’s: “Dignity & Decorum: Please try not to wear beach shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Thank you.”
In general, casual has pummeled formal everywhere in America, from airplanes to offices. But places of worship — where debates on modesty are not confined to the summer months — may be the final frontier for questions about what constitutes overly risque. And those questions have recently sprung to new life……